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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

School's Never Out for a Farming Professional

Sep 08, 2011

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The other day I received a request from a client family. They needed an action plan to help the next generation prepare for a leadership role in the family operation.

A plan should begin with an assessment of an individual’s capabilities and interests as it may relate to a role in the family organization. After a thorough evaluation and discussion of the knowledge, experience and skills that may be necessary, a plan for improvement should be drafted.
The plan should include practical and academic education. It should encourage real-life experiences and other hands-on skills. School is never out for a farming professional.
Review the suggestions on our action plan. It’s merely a starting point on the road to leading in the future. As you adopt a professional development strategy, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and questions. Lifelong learning is important for everyone, and we all can benefit from drawing upon the successful experiences of other farm families.
The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and the Association of Agricutultural Production Executives (AAPEX) are great examples of leadership programs in the industry that can serve as a catalyst for building relationshps with other successful farm families.
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Our Leadership Development Action Plan helps families to address goals related to continued learning, mentorships, peer groups and more.
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COMMENTS (1 Comments)

Bob Milligan -
Professional development is absolutely one of the keys to succession and the suggestions in this article are excellent. Let me suggest that to own, lead and manage a farm business in the coming decades, these professional development opportunities should be augmented by going beyond agriculture. Opportunities could include joining the most prestigious leadership organization in your community (Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary, etc.), seeking professional development opportunities in family business management, reading from business guru (Blanchard, Buckingham, Kotter, Peters), learning from the Gallop work (engagement, strengths) and business e-newsletters (Harvard Business, Brian Tracey, etc.).

Dr. Bob Milligan, rmilligan@trsmith.com
5:34 PM Sep 9th


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