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When Do You Transfer Management Skills for the Operation?

2018_02_AgLegacyNewsletter

When Do You Transfer Management Skills for the Operation?
The right time depends on numerous factors, including who will take over, what skills they have to qualify them, how long the founding generation wants to be involved, whether the operation needs to expand to support more family members, as well as the strategy for passing on these skills and how the family envisions the next generation taking over. Planning early and not only identifying who will take over, but also how that process will unfold is important to the long-term success of the operation. It takes more than just telling the next generation when and how to do things, but also getting into why things are done the way they are.

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Why Don’t Family Businesses Plan for Succession?

2017_10_AgLegacyNewsletter

Why Don’t Family Businesses Plan for Succession?
Nearly everyone will recognize the importance of a succession plan for successfully transferring a business to the next generation. Doing no planning or choosing to avoid the issues involved almost always leads to disastrous results. However, less than 40 percent of agricultural businesses have a succession plan. What’s the hold up?
   Logic would suggest that developing a succession plan would be an obvious step toward transferring management and business ownership. However, complex forces are at work and, despite recognizing the importance of a plan, most farm owners and managers decide to do nothing about succession.

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Why Grow Relationships?

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WagonWheelImageWhere family members from multiple generations are involved in a farm or ranch, each needs the opportunity to share their thoughts and perspectives on the operation. They also want to feel that they are heard and that their opinions matter.

The Why Build Relationships module covers challenges to managing relationships between generations in any family. See our recording outlining the how to build your relationships with next generation at AGLEGACY.org.

Ag Legacy Newsletter – Oct. 2017

2017_10_AgLegacyNewsletter

Why Grow Relationships with the Next Generation?
There are many challenges to managing the relationships between generations in any family. But consider that the farm or ranch family is unique as a business entity. Often agricultural families are more involved and work more closely than other family business arrangements. One of the most important ways to address these challenges is to establish a culture of open communication, one where everyone feels free to express themselves as appropriate. Where family members are involved from multiple generations, each needs the opportunity to share their thoughts and perspectives on the operation. They also want to feel that they are heard and that their opinions matter.

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Ag Legacy Newsletter – Apr. 2017

2017_02_AgLegacyNewsletter

What is Your Management Succession Plan?
Farmers and ranchers looking to one day retire know that estate or succession planning includes consideration of taxes, wills, probate, powers of attorney and so forth. They also realize that putting a solid estate plan together likely involves an attorney, an accountant, and perhaps a tax professional. While these details are important in the process of passing on legal ownership of the land and other assets, they do not address the passing on of day-to-day management of the operation. Nor does the approach cover preparing the next generation to take over when the time comes.

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How are you Communicating with the Next Generation?

FamilyInCornFieldLack of effective communication among family members is the root cause of most family business failures. Effective communication between parents and their adult children is essential to a mutually satisfying transfer of a legacy from one generation to the next.

Join us for a discussion on communication and to begin thinking more about how you are communicating with the next generation. Do your communication skills include questioning, listening, explaining, and reflecting? What is your strategy for resolving conflicts? Are you familiar with the practice of forgiveness? How do you communicate as a family, as a business?

Join us for a live webinar, on Friday, February 10th at 12:00 Eastern/11:00 Central/10:00 Mountain/9:00 Pacific. We will provide a more in-depth look at the features of communication in agriculture and resources available to help individuals begin working on better communicating in their own operation. You can click here to join the webinar.

Ag Legacy Newsletter – Jan. 2017

2017_02_AgLegacyNewsletter

How are you Communicating with the Next Generation?
Lack of effective communication among family members is the root cause of most family business failures. Effective communication between parents and their adult children is essential to a mutually satisfying transfer of a legacy from one generation to the next.

A legacy is the summation of a lifetime of achievement, the context in which that lifetime will be remembered, including: reputation, accomplishments, and a persons’ impact on the world. Good communication skills are essential to establishing the mechanisms for transferring that legacy to the next generation. Furthermore, good communication skills can be learned. Communication between people include both verbal and nonverbal aspects. Facial expression, posture, orientation and voice tone all add richness to the message being sent.
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