A family focused on taking constructive action will achieve succession planning success. To aid in the process each step of the way, you'll find several helpful legacy tools at www.FarmJournalLegacyProject.com. Here's a sampling of what's available.
1 The Family Meeting
Meeting as a family may sound formal—but it's essential to generate results. The most important aspect of the succession planning process is communication. The family that learns to communicate on a constructive level, putting the health of the operation before the wants of each individual, is far ahead. Use the family meeting guide to plan for the initial gathering, and then use it throughout the process to keep everybody
informed and engaged.
2 Conversation Starters
One way to drop all preconceived ideas is to ask in an open and
welcome manner what each person's interests or intents are regarding
involvement in the operation. The conversation starters worksheet
includes six questions that should be asked of and answered by each family member, in a nonjudgmental fashion.
3 Goals Clarification Worksheet
Without clearly defined objectives, it's hard to know what you're working toward. The goals clarification worksheet will help family members define their succession planning goals.
- Early Spring 2010