Podcast: Fred Kuhr: What skill sets are needed to be a successful manager today?


No production facility, or any business, can be effective without quality employees. Arguably the most important part of any managerโ€™s job is to understand your employees and to provide an environment that is conducive to efficiency, flexibility, and technological adaptation. In today’s talk with Fred Kuhr, he discusses how best to address labor challenges, keys to finding quality employees, and how to help employees help us.

“๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต.” – ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐˜‚๐—ต๐—ฟ

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป:

00:00 Introduction
01:31 Labor challenges
03:56 Help to teach people with little background
05:16 Proficiency testing
06:10 Interviewing people to work with livestock
07:21 Helping with people skills
09:28 Coaching employees and managers
11:00 Information resources
12:17 Encouraging efficiency
14:18 Utilizing technologies
16:32 Big opportunities in sow production
19:19 Changes in the last 15 years
21:16 Key points
22:10 Famous 3 questions

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜: Fred is currently the Production Supervisor for Dykhuis Farms in Holland, Michigan. Fred started his 40-plus-year pig production career with National Farms and before working for Dykhuis Farms he was the Director of Production for Carthage Veterinary Services. He has also worked in senior production director roles at Heartland Pork as well as The Maschhoffs.