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That Time of Year Again

For farmers fall is for harvest, for families it’s for holiday dinners, and for family agribusiness owners it’s for planning. Like planting in the spring, farmers should think of planning in autumn. A comprehensive succession plan is your opportunity for renewal. Fall is a time of optimism and rejuvenation.

5 Benefits of Mentor/Protégé Relationships

Though they come in many different forms and from a variety of experiences, a mentor is far more than a luxury for those who aspire to extraordinary achievement. A mentor, be it a family friend, distant relative, experienced neighbor, classroom instructor, co-worker, or written biography, can give guidance and lend confidence to an aspiring leader. A mentor should be standard equipment for every protégé desiring to make a difference. 

Supervisory Responsibilities are Different

Most farm employees and owners are well trained to work with cows and crops.  When they become a supervisor the logical tendency is to use skills that have worked well with cows and crops with people. The challenge and the wonderful opportunity is that people have three unique attributes - they can speak, think, and feel.  These attributes require very different approaches than those learn managing cows and crops.  Read on to learn the differences and the similarities.

"There's Only Two Kinds..."

“…the quick and the dead,” is a commonly used refrain from Tom Peters. Though the comment probably originated as a reference to gunfighters of old, the sentiment rings true when referencing business leaders today---albeit with significantly less carnage.

It's Not Outside Forces

Outside forces---the estate tax, government regulation, environmental activist, a cyclical economy---will not do nearly as much damage to the integrity of the family farm as a lack of open and honest communication. Either by design or default, a family who refuses to talk about the future and plan for the inevitable is destined to fail.