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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.
From Legacy Moment eNewsletter (09/02/2011)
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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.
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.).
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