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Class VIII Reading List

Reading List for Class IX

 

Modern Farmer Subscription  The first publication to explore the modern agricultural lifestyle. You will become more aware and part of the global community around modern farming.

 

Google Modernfarmer.com. 

 

Google feedstuffsfoodlink.com    This is a newsletter connecting farm to fork. It highlights what is taking place in the consumer world. How products are being marketed to capture consumer interests.

 

DakotaFarmer@farmprogress.com   This e-newsletter will keep you up to date on agriculture markets, news, technology and innovations in the world of agriculture in the Dakota’s.

 

 

December 13, 2016 – Brookings

 

How to Work a Room  (Author: Susan RoAne) This book provides the tools and techniques for savvy socializing in all situations, whether at a meeting, a party, a conference, or even online. RoAne provides over 100 practical strategies and remedies for the roadblocks that prevent us from meeting new people, developing new contacts and establishing connections that build relationships.

 

 

January 24-26, 2017 – Pierre

 

The Speed of Trust (Author: Stephen M.R. Covey) Trust is so integral to our relationships that we often take it for granted, yet in an era marked by business scandals and a desire for accountability this book by leadership expert Covey is a welcome guide to nurturing trust in our professional and personal lives. For business leaders and public figures in any arena, The Speed of Trust offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship—from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction—and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time–killing, bureaucratic check–and–balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.

 

 

February 11-17 2017 – Washington, DC

 

Sticking Points (Author: Haydn Shaw) How to Get 4 generations working together in the 12 areas they come apart. The secret to future success lies in GQ: generational intelligence. Haydn not only turns automatic contention between the generations into understanding, but reveals the opportunities. A must-read! (Ron McMillan, coauthor of four New York Times Bestsellers, including Crucial Conversations)

Sticking Points provides a practical way to turn generational tensions into team results so we don’t miss the many benefits this new generation can bring.

 

 

April 11-13, 2017 – Winner

 

Earn Your MBA The Masters of Beef Advocacy program is a self-directed online training program designed to equip beef producers and industry allies with the information they need to be everyday advocates for the beef industry. MBA candidates will be required to complete six courses in beef advocacy, including:

• Modern Beef Production – Sharing the many benefits of modern, efficient U.S. beef production

• Animal Care – Explaining our commitment to  raising healthy animals

• Beef Safety – Communicating why producing safe food for consumers is a top priority

• Beef Nutrition – Explaining how great-tasting beef strengthens and sustains our bodies

• Environmental Stewardship – Sharing how we’re protecting the environment for future generations

• The Beef Checkoff – Communicating the value of your investment in growing demand for beef

 

 

June 12-15, 2017 – Black Hills

 

Good to Great – (Author: Jim Collins) Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include: Level 5 Leaders; The Hedgehog Concept; A Culture of Discipline; The Flywheel and the Doom Loop.

 

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Built to Last – (Author: Jim Collins & Jerry Porras) Built to Last identifies 18 "visionary" companies and sets out to determine what's special about them. To get on the list, a company had to be world famous, have a stellar brand image, and be at least 50 years old. We're talking about companies that even a layperson knows to be, well, different: the Disneys, the Wal-Marts, the Mercks. Whatever the key to the success of these companies, the key to the success of this book is that the authors don't waste time comparing them to business failures. Instead, they use a control group of "successful-but-second-rank" companies to highlight what's special about their 18 "visionary" picks. Thus Disney is compared to Columbia Pictures, Ford to GM, Hewlett Packard to Texas Instruments, and so on.The core myth, according to the authors, is that visionary companies must start with a great product and be pushed into the future by charismatic leaders.

 

July 18-20, 2017 – Rural Bus Tour

 

**Assigned magazine articles from Modern Farmer and Feedstuffs Food Link to be announced on Agenda prior to seminar

 

November 7-9, 2017 – Spearfish & West River Area

 

Invisible Influence – (Author: Jonah Berger) If you’re like most people, you think that your choices and behaviors are driven by your individual, personal tastes, and opinions. You wear a certain jacket because you liked the way it looked. Consumers believe media for their food choices. You picked a particular career because you found it interesting. The notion that our choices are driven by our own personal thoughts and opinions is patently obvious. Right? Wrong.

 

December 10-12, 2017 – Aberdeen Area

 

Prior to International – Each member will be assigned a topic to study relative to the customs of the country we will visit. There will be time allocated for each of you to do a presentation about the culture and or history of the Country. This is a combined effort to learn from each other prior to leaving on our International trip.

 

January 16-18, 2018 – Sioux Falls Area

 

***Assigned Reading relative to Seminar Objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 7, 2015 – Winner

Earn Your MBA

The MBA program is a self-directed online training program designed to equip beef producers and industry allies with the information they need to be everyday advocates for the beef industry. MBA candidates will be required to complete six courses in beef advocacy, including:

• Modern Beef Production – Sharing the many benefits of modern, efficient U.S. beef production

• Animal Care – Explaining our commitment to  raising healthy animals

• Beef Safety – Communicating why producing safe food for consumers is a top priority

• Beef Nutrition – Explaining how great-tasting beef strengthens and sustains our bodies

• Environmental Stewardship – Sharing how we’re protecting the environment for future generations

• The Beef Checkoff – Communicating the value of your investment in growing demand for beef

Following completion of these courses, each candidate will be invited to attend a “commencement” training session focusing on online advocacy (Facebook blogs), one-on-one conversations with consumers and working with the media.

 

June 8-11, 2015 – Black Hills

The Last American Highway (Author Stew Magnuson)

Descending 1,885 miles straight down the center of the United States from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn’t been replaced by an Interstate. Stew Magnuson takes readers on a trip down the road and through the history of the Northern Great Plains. The famous and the forgotten are found in stories he discovers in the Dakotas. Explorers Pierre de la Vérendrye, Lewis & Clark, Jedediah Smith, are all encountered along with Chief Spotted Tail of the Brulé Lakotas, TV sensation Lawrence Welk and rodeo superstar Casey Tibbs. The murderers, settlers, ballplayers and rail barons from yesteryear meet today’s truckers, oil rig workers and ghost towns inhabitants as Magnuson launches his own Voyage of Discovery in a beat-up 1999 Mazda Protégé. Published on the 125th anniversary of the year North Dakota and South Dakota became states, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas, is a love poem to the natural beauty of the prairie and the fascinating people—both past and present—found along the road.

 

July 21, 2015 – Yankton   Malcom Gladwell author of all four books.

Last names: Berg – Jennings

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

 

Last names: Jensen - Kroupa

Outliers: The Story of Success.

Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

 

Last names: Nelson – Renaas

The Tipping Point

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

 

Last names: Rusche – Youngblom

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.  Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

 

November 2015 – West River (tbd)

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

(Author: Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum)

America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them—and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations. That Used to Be Us,  Friedman and Mandelbaum, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China’s educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which “that used to be us.” And yet Friedman and Mandelbaum believe that the recovery of American greatness is within reach.

 

December 2015 - Aberdeen

StrengthsFinder 2.0.  Author Tom Rath.

You will complete the online inventory (Must buy a new book to do the online inventory) Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.  Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself--and the world around you--forever. This book will be a game changer for you when you identify your greatest strengths.

 

Learn from each other. Prior to International – Each member will be assigned a topic to study and will have time to do a presentation at seminar about the culture and/or history of the Country Class VIII will study prior to leaving on the International Study tour.

 

April 2016: No Book assignment.

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