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Helping Family Businesses Bridge the Generations. Ohio State University Extension. Teaching Team. Bernie Erven-State Specialist Jeff McCutcheon-Extension Agent, Ag Mark Mechling-Extension Agent, Ag & NR Dave Miller-District Farm Mgt. Specialist Pam Montgomery-Extension Agent, FCS

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teaching team
Teaching Team
  • Bernie Erven-State Specialist
  • Jeff McCutcheon-Extension Agent, Ag
  • Mark Mechling-Extension Agent, Ag & NR
  • Dave Miller-District Farm Mgt. Specialist
  • Pam Montgomery-Extension Agent, FCS
  • Howard Siegrist-Extension Agent, Ag & NR
  • Chris Zoller-Extension Agent, Ag & NR
program development
Program Development
  • County ag needs assessments identified the importance of assisting family farms and businesses
  • Built upon previous program that targeted emerging or junior managers
  • Focused on the transfer of management
program format
Program Format
  • Six different segments were taught
  • Q and A/ Discussion period followed each segment facilitated by Bernie Erven
  • Each session built upon previous session
  • Topics were designed to build on conceptual, technical and interpersonal skills required of manager
program content
Program Content
  • 1) What do managers do?
  • 2) How do you get the next generation ready for their responsibilities?
  • 3) How do we create opportunity?
  • 4) How do we share responsibility?
  • 5) How can we be honest about ourselves and our business?
  • 6) How do we communicate with family members who are part of the business?
1 what do managers do
1) What do managers do?
  • Five Functions of Management
  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Staffing
  • Directing
  • Controlling
2 how do you get the next generation ready for their responsibilities
2) How do you get the next generation ready for their responsibilities?
  • Developing management skills of younger generation
  • Discussed techniques used to transfer of management to the next generation
3 how do we create opportunity
3) How do we create opportunity?
  • How will your business stay competitive?
  • Structural changes within agriculture
  • Who creates these new opportunities?
4 how do we share responsibility
4) How do we share responsibility?
  • Authority, responsibility and accountability
  • Art of delegation
  • Job descriptions for each business employee including family members
  • Transitioning the business
5 how can we be honest about ourselves and our business
5) How can we be honest about ourselves and our business?
  • Is there a viable business to support multiple families??
  • Can we get along?
  • Are both generations committed, have the maturity to make it work and have an appreciation for everyone’s roles?
6 how do we communicate with family members including those who are employees
6) How do we communicate with family members including those who are employees?
  • Importance of communications
  • How do we communicate?
  • Techniques for improving communications between family members
program results
Program Results
  • Two day-long programs were conducted in 2003
  • Audience was primarily farm and small business families
  • About 80 participants in total
  • Participants gave high marks through end-of-meeting survey
program results continued
Program Results-Continued
  • Some individual follow-up with families after program by agent
  • Five issues of a newsletter dealing with the transfer of management were sent to participants
post workshop evaluation
Post-Workshop Evaluation
  • Participants initiated the following:
  • Business goal planning
  • Improvement of family communications among family members
  • Strategic planning
  • Questioning of current family business practices
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