Farm Business: 4 Hurdles You Face – DTN May 1, 2019

🕔May 1, 2019
In a recent peer-group meeting, the owner of a medium-sized manufacturing business described the struggles in growing his enterprise for our farm audience. He referenced Doug Tatum’s book “No Man’s […]

Family Farm: 4 Key Elements for Successful Transitions Dec 12, 2018

🕔Dec 12, 2018
Everyone knows the importance of accountants, attorneys and wealth managers when planning the transition of the farm or ranch to the next generation. And, for good reason, as getting the […]

Farm Family Business: Building a Working Relationship is Hard Work – DTN Nov 8, 2017

🕔Nov 8, 2017
Usually, when we think of business partners, we think of people who work together because their skills and personalities complement each other so value is enhanced. For example, one partner […]

Farm Family Business: To Be Successful, Don’t Act Like Family – DTN Sep 11, 2017

🕔Sep 11, 2017
The best qualities of being together as a family can have disastrous implications for being together in a business. The strengths of history, relationship, affection and inclusion, when carried too […]

Farm Business: Improving Family Relationships – 5 Techniques – DTN Jan 27, 2017

🕔Jan 27, 2017
In a recent column on goal setting, I suggested three areas of focus for the New Year: improving relationships, increasing family communication and capturing and sharing major life lessons or […]

Family Farm: ‘Don’t Criticize, Condemn or Complain’ – Dale Carnegie – DTN Apr 21, 2016

🕔Apr 21, 2016
Several nights ago I attended a dinner to hear about the Dale Carnegie training courses in Kansas. Carnegie was of no relation to Andrew Carnegie but changed the original spelling […]

Family Farm: 3 Tips for Passing to the Next Generation – DTN Apr 8, 2015

🕔Apr 8, 2015
Successfully managing your agriculture operation requires you to pay attention to multiple issues and areas of your business, often simultaneously. Succession planning also has dynamics that require concurrent consideration. You […]

Farm Business Partnership Stressing You Out? 3 Tips to Finally Settle It – DTN Apr 1, 2015

🕔Apr 1, 2015
While I often write about succession planning and the continuation of the family enterprise, in this column I would like to address the issue of how to deal with ending […]

Farm Succession: 3 Ideas for Mastering the Transition – DTN Feb 23, 2015

🕔Feb 23, 2015
While we often link succession planning to family businesses, the reality is that management transitions happen in every organization, from the closely held to the publicly traded. Most privately held […]

Farm Management: 3 Reasons to Praise A Job Well Done – DTN Jan 30, 2015

🕔Jan 30, 2015
With respect to job performance, many family business members often joke “no news is good news.” What they mean is that people in the company shouldn’t expect to be complimented […]

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