It’s all about people
For the summer of 1982, I worked at the Elora Beef Research Station. I was about to head into my final year of Animal Science, completing my BSc and ready to head into the workforce. One day at lunch, one of the staff stated that given the chance to do it all over, he would not have taken Animal Science at the University of Guelph.
That caught my attention, though I suspected he was “poking the bear” to get my attention. I asked him what he would have taken instead and he replied,in all seriousness: “Psychology, because when you get out into the world and see how things work, you realize that it is all about people.”
I often don’t recall what I did yesterday, but that quote has stayed with me for almost 40 years… because it is true. Across the many organizations I have worked with, and with so many challenges, opportunities, successes and failures, the single common denominator is people.
The most recent presentation in LRIC’s Horizon Series webinars dealt with Getting Research into Practice (GRIP) and the speaker, Dr. Steve Roche, noted that change is about mindset. Livestock production is facing many opportunities and challenges.
In 40 years, looking back on how the sector has evolved, the key element will be the mindset of those involved in the change. That includes you. What is your mindset to change?