We’re losing our leader. Dad’s health has taken a turn for the worse, and my two siblings and I are so sad and very concerned. Not only will we soon lose our respected and loving father, we will be losing the leadership and glue of our successful family business. The three of us have worked for Dad for many years. My oldest sister runs the cow/calf operation; I take care of machinery, marketing, and book work; and my youngest brother manages the crops. At busy times, we all work together on what needs to be done.
Parents have no idea why their new daughter-in-law has begun to avoid them. Can their problem be solved?
My nonfarming heir doesn’t understand why the family farm is being left to her siblings who farm.
Can too much family time become too much to handle?
Written goals and plans promote the potential for family harmony.
"I've learned to apply four invaluable tools as I consult with family businesses: a box of tissues, a mirror, a roll of duct tape, and a 2x4," writes Jolene Brown.