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Know Your Mindset. Grow Your Influence.

Positive change for your farm, family and community starts with you.


In a world moving faster all the time, sometimes it’s best to just pause, cut through the noise and focus on what’s really important to your family, farm and community.

Know your Mindset. Grow your Influence is a short, personal development programme to help you respond to pressure and uncertainty with positive, meaningful action.

Alongside like-minded people, learn to respond to challenge, change and opportunity - like regulation or market changes - by exploring what you actually value. Then, develop an action plan for influencing positive change in your family life, farming business, community or wider industry. 

Guided by clinical psychologist and facilitator Bronwyn Moth of Umbrella Wellbeing and AWDT facilitator and farm advisor Geordie McCallum, the programme makes positive psychology practical for farmers, growers and other rural New Zealanders. 

This programme is a reminder that influence is a two-way street. You’ve always responded to the effects of the weather, the market or the board table – but real, meaningful change for the people and places you care about, starts at the kitchen table, with you.

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The Know your Mindset. Grow your Influence programme runs across two sessions:

1. A 90-minute online session introducing key concepts around mindset, pressure and positive resilience. There is a small amount of pre-work prior to this session and some homework and practice following it.

2. A 2.5-hour, face-to-face workshop. Following the online introduction, attendees will meet in person to drill-down into the content, share examples and discuss action plans. In some regions, two of these face-to-face sessions will run on the same day at different times to better work around your schedule. Select only one of these face-to-face sessions to attend. Click here to register.



LOCATION MODULE 1: Online Zoom MODULE 2: In person
Tararua/ Wairarapa
Tuesday 27 July
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 11 August
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Invercargill (1)
Monday 6 September
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday 21 September 
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Invercargill (2)
Tuesday 21 September
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Lake Karapiro (1)
Waikato/ Bay of Plenty
Wednesday 22 September
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 29 September
9:00am - 11:30am
Lake Karapiro (2)
Waikato/ Bay of Plenty
Wednesday 29 September
12:30pm - 3:00pm

NB Light refreshments (lunch or supper) will be provided at the face-to-face workshops. Click here to register.


Thanks to our partners Know Your Mindset. Grow Your Influence costs just $30.00 + GST per person - covering both the online and in-person sessions. View our refund policy here.


Thanks to our partners

The Know Your Mindset. Grow Your Influence programme is a collaborative effort.  Support from MPI, Farmstrong and the Rural Support Trust made this programme happen, along with founding support from Beef + Lamb New Zealand.


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  • Paul Crick, Wairarapa
  • Paul Crick, Wairarapa

    The most potential on my farm, is in me.

    Paul Crick takes a practical, straightforward approach when it comes to developing mindset. “I have to do it. It’s my responsibility as a team leader, farmer and community member to know what’s in my control, find the best way forward and get the job done. The best outcomes for my family, business and off farm work, start with me having the right mindset.”

    Like most farmers, Paul is no stranger to change. After 30 years of managing farming challenges throughout his farming career, he sees new regulation and the pace of its implementation ratcheting up the pressure on farmers.
    “These are new challenges. We need to utilize a different mindset to solve them.

    “I think it comes down to two-things. Approaching the issue with curiosity and not having a ‘closed mindset’, like asking why these regulations are happening. Then personalising the challenge by deciding what you can control (and what you can’t), what impacts they could have (positive or negative) and focusing on those actions that make sense to you.”

    “A good example is leading on-farm teams. At a high level, I, as an individual might not be able to change government policy, but I can invest time in being a good employer – understanding everyone’s communication style and pressure points, building trust and relationships. It is important to be aware and engaged of what is happening to our sector outside the farm gate, and understanding where I can have the greatest impact, and influence. In the long-run, a strong team culture is important to me because as a collective we have the ability to do great things – benefiting individuals, families and our communities.

    For Paul, this methodical response to new issues starts with taking the time to slow down and think through the big questions, understanding his conscious and unconscious biases, and how they align to his values.

    “It’s about understanding my strengths, weaknesses and the parts of my life where I can have a positive influence. We all wear many different hats each day so it’s about choosing which role, in which moment, that you’re going to focus on. That self-reflection can be quite confronting and difficult at first. That’s why programmes like Know Your Mindset. Grow your Influence are helpful – professional guides using proven processes and systems to help you ‘look in the mirror’ and, “most importantly make some positive changes in your life”


You will leave Know your Mindset. Grow your Influence with three key take-aways:


  1. Understanding of how uncertainty, disruption and change can impact your thinking and behaviour.
  2. Ability to clarify your priorities and more mindfully direct your attention, energy and behaviour towards these.  
  3. A plan to positively influence the people, places and organisations that matter to you.  

Who is Know your Mindset. Grow your Influence for?

Know your Mindset. Grow your Influence is designed for farmers, growers and members of our rural communities – both women and men – who are interested in positively responding to increasing pressure and change in their life, business or sector.

Farming partnerships, teams and families are encouraged to attend together, as these close relationships are often the best places to have conversations about the things we value the most. Individuals are also welcome.

We recognise that these are challenging and uncertain times. While Know your Mindset. Grow your Influence is designed to support a positive mindset, it is not designed for people who are experiencing poor wellbeing or significant mental health issues. Please contact the Rural Support Trust instead.


Participant feedback

“It’s really good to give time to stop and think about your mindset and reflect. Sometimes you get caught in day-to-day and forget to process your own feelings/mindset.” 

“I enjoyed spending time with my partner on the workshops... it was revealing and surprising how much he engaged. Revisiting my values helped me understand the current disruption I am experiencing. It made me more aware of my behaviours that are unhelpful when under stress which helps me find a more helpful way of moving forward.” 

“I enjoyed the breakout rooms and chatting to others. It gives you insights into how others are receiving the information.”

“Having a clinical understanding and an ability to recognise our emotional reactions goes a long way to improving the journey.”

“In rural NZ we have a poor understanding of the drivers of good mind health. And as we start up-skilling we realise that we have a tiger by the tail and all is not well in provincial NZ. Workshops like this are critical to raising the bar in understanding ourselves and motivations. Once we better understand ourselves, we can better understand our family and our community and everything we do next, including advocacy, comes from a more healthy and better informed place.”


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