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Farmer has blossomed into a tulip peddler

The gig: John "Farmer John" Bos, 44, is owner-operator of Dutch Hollow Farms, an agri-tourism business on 65 acres on the northern edge of Modesto, across from a Best Buy and a Home Depot. He runs a popular pumpkin patch in the fall. In spring, he defies the scorching heat of California's Central Valley to grow thousands of tulips for public picking. In a decade, his business has grown from "beer money" to about $300,000 in annual sales.

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Your Office Coach: Regain control of autonomous worker

Q: Whenever I try to instruct one of my employees, he becomes argumentative and insists on doing things his own way. If I attempt to explain why certain procedures must be followed, "Tom" continues to press his point until I finally get frustrated and end the conversation. Later, I usually find that he has completely ignored my directions.

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