Holistic Management

Blain Hjertaas

PO Box 760
Redvers SK S0C 2H0


Less than one week

Description of Six Day Holistic Management Course - 6 days


Day One:


Following the introduction to H M we go through a series of motivational slides. People are encouraged to shift their paradigms. There is always time for dialog, people are encouraged to contribute.


People then use the insights gained in the exercises to write a personal mission statement. A personal mission statement focuses on what you want to be & do over a long period of time. It is based on each person's individual values & principles.


The next step is to involve the group in a brainstorming exercise. The idea is to be creative & come up with as many ideas as possible. The topic is what are  

The final part of the holistic goal is to write a detailed description of how you would like your farm & your community to look 50 years from now under ideal conditions.


The day ends with a closing circle. This helps to build community.

Day two begins with an opening circle. People are invited to share their goal from day one. I then move into holistic financial planning. The first step is to point out what might be different from what people have done in the past. The main differences are:



3. We have a method to sort our expenses & spend our money more wisely.


People are introduced to gross profit analysis. This is based on determining the income per unit of production. The income minus variable expenses is the gross profit. Variable expenses are those directly related to the level of production. The combination of all the gross profits from the various enterprises must be adequate to cover the overhead expenses & allow for a profit. Gross profit gives people a quick simple way to compare enterprises & select those most likely to be profitable.


The weak link is used to allow us to sort our expenses into 3 categories:

These 3 categories are:


I expenses ….Inescapable …those that are a fixed amount & must be paid.(ie. death & taxes)


Using the above ideas & human creativity we are able to increase W expenses, which strengthens our business. We will have a short list of I expenses. M expenses are cut to allow for profit.


1. A beginning net worth.


3. Setting the profit we desire for the year.


5. Planning & sorting expenses using W, I, M categories.


7. An ending net worth.


If this plan produces the profit we desire the plan is implemented. All income & expense items are monitored monthly so that the planned profit is achieved. If

the original plan is not profitable we do a second, third or fourth plan to produce the desired results. These re plans are done with a different mix of enterprises, a reduction in expenses or whatever is required to be profitable.


The day concludes with a closing circle.






The video  

There is a closing circle at the end of the day. There is a break of one or two weeks between the three days sessions.





The testing questions are:

1. Cause & effect.

2. Weak link.

3. Marginal reaction.

4. Gross profit analysis.

5. Energy / money source & use.

6. Sustainability.

7. Society & culture.


By the end of the day people have a good grasp of how to use the testing questions to make decisions that are socially, environmentally & financially sound. Decisions are always made towards the individual's holisticgoal. The day ends with a closing circle.




Day six begins with an opening circle. There is a short review of grazing planning & the eco system building blocks. A good portion of the day is spent developing your own plan for the up coming growing season. At the end of the day time is taken to form a management club. The first meeting is set etc. A management club is a very powerful tool to help people implement what they have learned & to continue to make positive change in their lives. 

H M takes a long term view. Long term sustainability requires success in people, land & finances simultaneously. This is exactly what H M offers people. People finish the course with a written 3 part goal. There is input & buy in from all the people involved. The goal deals with people, land & finances. People have better communication & team building skills. They have the knowledge to work with nature & improve their land. They have the financial planning skills to plan for a profit.


H M has the potential to be life changing.



Blain Hjertaas





Opening circle and introduction

Short overview of H.M.

Introduction to goal setting

Writing a personal mission statement

Writing a three part Holistic goal

Opening circle & review of day one                   The principles of Holistic Financial Planning

Gross profit analysis

Weak link analysis

Understanding W, I, M expenses


Day Three:


Day Four:

and financially sound

Opening circle & review of day four                    Steps to financial planning

A.B.C. ranch…(hands on detailed financial planning)

Opening circle & review of day five                   Principles of planned grazing

Using grazing charts

Creating your land plan

Forming a management club                    Closing circle






$1500 per couple

1500 per couple/farm unit for program - all included, meals not included

Recognition Provided:


Certificate of Completion

Method of Instruction:


Availability of Program:


Agriculture Business:

Other Animal
Poultry and Egg

Subject of Training:

Business Planning, Strategy and Structure
Financial Management (includes production economics)
Human Resources

Holistic Management

Language of Instruction:


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Last Updated: 2015-01-06

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