Giving you the support, skills and confidence to make the changes necessary to achieve what you want out of life and business.
In our experience, maintaining management and partners in ExecutiveLink™ is the most cost effective method of keeping a flat management structure and addressing the human and strategic issues in a business. ExecutiveLink™ encourages a continuous improvement structure and quality control to ongoing management.
ExecutiveLink™ is based on two truths. First, it is easier to see someone else’s problem than it is your own. Second, good intentions aren’t enough. People move further faster when they are held accountable to produce results. ExecutiveLink™ provides structure, support, objective analysis and the accountability it takes to be successful at management.
Corporate staff can be teamed with other members of the corporation if there are five or six managers. They can otherwise be teamed with other suitable businesses in a peer advisory board. The advisory boards meet three times a year in a facilitated meeting to review each member business. The ExecutiveLink™ program also includes an outstanding continuing education program designed to challenge thinking and keep people developing.
When Stan and Terry started teaching GrazingforProfit™ Schools in Australia it quickly became evident it was not possible with the rapid growth in graduate numbers, to provide the support needed to each business on a one-on-one basis. ExecutiveLink™ was conceived in 1992 as way of providing technical and peer support for the often-difficult changes that are required. An added advantage turned out to be the peer pressure, which is also important to overcome procrastination. It took three years to work out how to make it fully effective and ExecutiveLink™ passed its 21st birthday in 2013.
Today ExecutiveLink™ operates in Australia, Africa and the USA as a unique professional development program for rural people. It provides the structure to work together on respective businesses to be economically, socially and ecologically successful.
Message from Terry McCosker
Let’s look at the reality of Australian Agriculture today.
Business as usual isn’t working. Debt levels, increasing input costs and general expenses just aren’t being balanced by an increase in income and production.
For this very reason, what was profitable in years gone by, unfortunately, is not necessarily going to be profitable today.
A new approach needs to be taken to new circumstances, to challenge and develop a business to a point where it has the efficiency and production to not only survive, but to grow for future generations.
Despite this ever tightening cost price squeeze, there are professional managers in this industry making money.
The answer lies in what I term ‘professional management’.
Regardless of what a business looks like now, there is always improvement to make. To take advantage of the opportunities we are presented with, we need the skills, support, network and accountability of a professional manager to fully capitalise on them.
After working with thousands of people in this industry, we have designed and refined over 21 years, a process that provides both peer support and pressure to make the changes that we can so easily put off. The process helps redefine what we want, and to take control of, and responsibility for, our personal and business outcomes. In doing so, we become professional managers. This process is ExecutiveLink™.
It is not possible to predict the outcomes from an ExecutiveLink™ journey. However, ExecutiveLink™ members are always in a different place when they graduate from the program by being in control of the important things in their lives.
It’s not an easy road, but one where the rewards are more than worth the effort that it takes. I am proud to say that there is no doubt that ExecutiveLink™ is the greatest support service that RCS has developed for rural businesses.
I hope that you will join me for an experience that will change your life forever.
Internationally acclaimed educator and consultant