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Matamata Chronicle - - Ru­ral De­liv­ery -

man­age­ment, own­er­ship/ risk, and hu­man re­sources.

Em­ploy­ing staff for the first time meant the HR mod­ule was valu­able in hav­ing a clear idea about how to get the most out of them from the get- go, rather than mud­dling through and wrestling with con­flicts and un­cer­tain­ties a 600-cow op­er­a­tion can­not af­ford to have.

He also ap­pre­ci­ated un­der­stand­ing the value of hav­ing clear job de­scrip­tions for his two staff, and build­ing in full per­for­mance re­view pro­cesses and how to in­cen­tivise tively.

Iden­ti­fy­ing per­for­mance strengths and weak­nesses con­struc­tively is help­ing Matthew build a team that he can share his longer term goals of mul­ti­ple sharemilk­ing op­er­a­tions with.

Two years on, Matthew’s team ex­tends be­yond the farm.

The in­ter­per­sonal skills the diploma project work helped him de­velop have en­sured he has wellper­form­ing staff on his farm, as well as a for­ward think­ing ac­coun­tant, and en­thu­si­as­tic bank man­ager.




‘‘It took a bit to find a bank that would take us on as we did not have any debt – we had to find a bank to con­vince we were worth go­ing for­ward with, that the debt would def­i­nitely come down the track!’’

Matthew can see how the diploma helped ‘‘put some num­bers around our goals’’, help­ing clar­ify what they needed, and giv­ing him the skills to match the de­mands those num­bers bring.

‘‘The diploma was ideal for me, I learned a good farmer will al­ways go okay, but a good busi­ness­man who can man­age well will go a lot fur­ther.’’

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