Wow, great discussion last week on “What the big deal?” Thank you all for sharing. If you missed it, you’ll definitely want to go back and read over the comments. You can see that here.
This week we start the “Especially for Mentors” section in the book. We’re going to be on this section for 2 weeks.
Chapter 3 – Wages
- Are interns slaves? (page 36) Do you think they should be paid or should they pay to intern? (try to answer this question as though you are the mentor, not the intern. We’ll get to discussing the intern in future chapters) What’s fair?
- Do you agree that many farm internships are too simple? (page 40) Do you think a diversified farm is the only farm who can have an internship program?
- Have you interned at a farm? Was there enough teaching? What would you change if it were your operation?
- What do you say to this: “Having interns is far riskier than having employees.”?
Chapter 4 – Mindset
- Are you ready for interns? When giving his speech on mentoring, Daniel always asks “Are you ready to live in a glass house?” Everything you do will be questioned, from religion, to politics, to what you watch on tv or don’t watch, to what you read, to how you raise your kids and treat your spouse. Your life will become an open book.
- Do you agree with Joel’s take on the mentor mindset? Why or why not?
Okay, I’m going to leave this here for now and give you all chance to speak up.
Do you have anything to add?
I’ll see you next week with discussions on Chapters 5 and 6.
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