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Being “Brutally Honest” is Hard but Necessary

When I was on the Agricultural Economics faculty at Cornell University, I was asked to speak at an agronomy professional meeting.  I was given the challenging assignment of assessing their research and extension programs.  I worked hard on my assignment and provided what I thought was a balanced assessment. After the presentation one of my Cornell agronomy colleagues congratulated me and then said: “You were brutally honest!”  What he meant was that I was fair in my assessment, but did NOT hold back, or in the jargon “pull any punches,” with my concerns.

Featured Advisor: Margaret Heiser Fulton

eLegacyConnect is pleased to introduce featured advisor Margaret Heiser Fulton.  She is an attorney practicing law in the areas of estate planning, trusts, probate, taxation, and succession planning for farmers and ranchers.  She is certified by the California State Bar as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. 

Workshops: ASA with eLegacyConnect

During 2014, American Soybean Association (with eLegacyConnect) offers a series of succession planning workshops, presented by Kevin Spafford. Registration opens in May for events in TN, KY, SD, OH, IN, and IL - with sponsorship from Farm Credit, AGCO, and state associations.

Featured Advisor: Danny Klinefelter

eLegacyConnect is pleased to present featured advisor Danny Klinefelter.  He is a Professor and Extension Economist with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University specializing in agricultural finance and management development.

Great Discussion and Debate focuses on INTERESTS not POSITIONS

The Jones Vacation role play is a staple for teaching conflict resolution skills.  Partners are asked to role play a couple deciding where to go on a two week vacation.  The husband is determined that they should vacation in the mountains; the wife is equally determined that they should vacation at the beach.   Many role play partners decide to spend one week at the beach and one week in the mountains.