REROUTING...

Eric spoke and a firmament opened; that rare epiphany that shifts the reality beneath your feet.

Andrea and I were at our friends 78th birthday party and conversing over slow-cooked elk and good wine.

I don’t remember what drew the revelation from Eric, “We often fail to consider the consequences of risk. Low consequences mean little risk, while significant consequence means great risk."

My good friend and hired man of 20+ years was Shoshone. He would stand and look at a field for what seemed an eternity before changing the irrigation water. He would pause on the lip of a canyon forever before riding down. He told me his culture ingrained in their people that a mistake meant death. That’s risk of high consequence.

The early adopters of a new innovation are taking a risk. Often they do not have enough information to know the consequences of the multiple risks they are taking.

When at the precipice of the tipping point for a new innovation, many risks have been clarified by those who were first. In today’s environment, the world faces high consequences if we don’t empower decisions at the soil surface.

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Would you Change?

Monitoring provides us with information. We can use it, or not. The health of our landscape, reflects our past behavior. We cannot expect different results unless we change our behavior.
My wife got very sick, lost 50 pounds in a few weeks and had no strength. She used walking poles to get across the yard and when she fell, she could not get up without my help. I had to lift her into and out of the bathtub. She did not like that feeling of dependency and worked hard to understand and treat her ailment.
Monitoring her daily nutrition, her leading and lagging indicators, guided her way back to a functional life.
Many of us live on landscapes that are less than functional. But we do not see an urgency to help them stand up. In fact, we inadvertently keep our heel on their throat.

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FIRE & BRIMSTONE

I grew up in Nebraska’s Sandhills. Great production and lightning storms brought the ever-present danger of wildfire. When I was about 8 years old, there was a perfect storm of a highly productive summer and electricity in the air. We were heading home from the hayfield when the first smoke drifted up from the southeast. We already had our gunny sacks and shovels on board so my dad headed SE to see if we could help.

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Common Sense Unhinged

We are going through a lot of great changes around here. Holistic Decision Making makes me take a breath so I don’t get caught up in the excitement. I like change. I’m prospective. That is why I am a Holistic Management Practitioner. My professional life as a rancher has coincided with the Endangered Species Act. My culture resists the ESA and saw it as a bad thing on any level. My introduction to HM turned that perception upside down. It brought curiosity and interest in life.

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Pickle Juice and Prejudice

All,


We have all had our safety and peace-of-mind violated. When abrupt, like getting mugged or robbed, we react and get a gun or press charges. But when we are violated by those with power, we don’t think of reacting, or even proacting. We sit and take it.

This blog suggests we can rethink how we use the Social Weak Link testing guideline, or context filter, to hold ourselves more accountable. If we fail to hold ourselves accountable, those under our charge suffer and do not perform execution of plans. If we fail to hold ourselves accountable, those in power continue their tyrannous behavior.

I think we can interrupt this pattern by broadening the application of the Social Weak Link.

Have a good week,

Tony

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New Age Cowboy Revisited

All,

I first met Eric Grant 22 years ago, when he came to write a couple articles for Range magazine, featuring my side-kick at the time, Pee Wee Wesaw and me.

Eric came to Andrea’s and my wedding in Lander, Wyoming and we went to his when he married Pat in France. After touring the Aubrec and Salers region of France, eating phenomenal food and meeting great people, I officiated their wedding. Over the years, Eric helped me initiate writing a book about learning Holistic Management, which is still a work in progress.

Eric came to eastern Oregon recently and I got to hang out with him and his friends for a couple of days. Eric conducted the following interview, while he was here. Here is the video of what may be called the New Age Cowboy Revisited.

Eric was working with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association when I first met him and he recently just finished a 10-year stint with American Angus Association as Director of Public Relations and Communications. Take a minute to check out Erik’s communications business and his team Grant Company. Needless to say, he has a broad perspective on the beef industry.

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