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From the Desk of Mike Lessiter

Depth Chart, Talent Scouting Report ... How It’s Worked for Us

We launched the “Lessiter Media Depth Chart” at a quarterly employee meeting last year. Put simply, it’s a place to seed the names of individuals who our employees see as sharing our core values and could one day be candidates for job openings. The intent is to identify and document potential talent — and assign someone to get to know them — BEFORE we have the need.
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From the Desk of Dave Kanicki

If Motivation is an Art…

Have you ever noticed how employees, for better or worse, tend to take on the characteristics and habits of their bosses? If the boss treats them like idiots, they tend to do the same with the people that report to them. Or worse yet, that attitude carries over to the customer.
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From the Desk of Dave Kanicki

New Ag Tech: Just a Start

When it comes to the new technology that’s reshaping the farm equipment business, dealers can’t afford to ignore the changes. We can disagree, we can dislike and, maybe we can delay the impact of these changes. But we can’t deny that big changes are underway.
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Titan Machinery’s History of ‘Blocking & Tackling’

It was only a few months after I joined Farm Equipment magazine that Mike Lessiter gave me an assignment to visit a dealership that was doing some interesting things in Fargo, N.D. The article that resulted appeared in our Oct./Nov. 2005 issue. It was entitled, “Is Titan Machinery Reshaping the Future of Ag Dealerships?”
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7 Tactics for Used Equipment Management

Used equipment inventory management is a phrase that can make even seasoned veterans in the equipment industry cringe. Why is that? All we need is the right equipment, at the right price, at the right place, at the right time. Nevertheless, much of the time inventory management remains one part art, two parts science and three parts aggravation!
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