There is nothing scarier for farm families who are trying to gain control over their lives than to have no clue about what the future holds. I chuckled the first time I was asked over the phone if I would like the “senior’s discount” for age 55 plus. I remember thinking, “Wow…I now qualify for […]
Many farm families are feeling a deep sense of guilt knowing they should be having business meetings, but they just don’t seem to get around to it. A key factor is understanding why you need to have farm family meetings. A few strong reasons include: Family council to explore how the family operates Succession planning Estate […]
“Elaine, Dad just won’t give up control!” is a common frustration with the next generation of farmers trying to navigate into management and ownership before a farm transition. Ottawa-based lawyer Denis Sicotte presents an interesting concept; he calls it “shades of control.” It defines four different types of control that need to be transferred: 1. […]
“I was not able to talk for over two years about what happened with my grandfather,” a young farmer confides as he describes a bitter battle of transferring farm assets and land titles with his father’s father to him. I am concerned about the many threads of conversations across farm audiences this past year that […]
You cannot push too much too fast through a combine. Farm people transferring the farm business are going through tremendous challenges. We get frustrated when our family does not want what we want. Why Don’t You Want What I Want? is the title of Rick Maurer’s practical book on working through 3 levels of resistance: […]
If I were to ask you about the top ten things that make a great Christmas celebration for you, what would you answer? Most families that I work with want to maintain family harmony, or get back on track again as “a happy family.” Dr. Nikki Gerrard’s research of farm families found that one of […]
Elaine joins Daybreak Kamloops Jennifer Chrumka to discuss the challenges of succession planning amongst ranchers.
Elaine joined Dr. Ken Keis on his Secrets of Success podcast to discuss: How Important is Legacy to You? CRG: Secrets of Success – How Important is Legacy to You?
When I was a very young farm girl, dressed in my homemade red velvet jumper, I looked forward to “Edie” Christmas on Boxing Day with my cousins. I recall my great-grandmother singing “Silent Night” to us in German. Little did I know then that I would marry into a family whose first language was German. […]
Being able to talk freely with your farm team and feel that they understand what you are needing is a huge gift! Farm families in business sometimes get stuck with problems when they get trapped in the “blame game” of blaming someone else for their problems. You might have to accept that you can’t make […]