"Without knowing the author, I bought this book online. I was delighted how accurately this book described the inter-family challenges facing the family run business. It was short and to the point. No wasted words. As a farmer, running a family business, I can vouch for how accurate Mark Andrew Junkin is and how sensible is his advice to all family members. This book is an essential read for all farm family consultants and for farmers themselves who are struggling with the management structure on their own family run business.” George Mueller, Willow Bend Farm, Clifton Springs, New York
“Farming with Family Ain’t Always Easy!”
Too often, when multiple partners are involved in any farming operation, miscommunication and egos affects the farm’s bottom line more than the influence of weather and markets altogether! This is Agriculture’s undiagnosed yet most dire issue!
During the decade prior to and after this moment when the assets are transferred on paper, family members are working together. The dysfunctional manner in which families make and implement decisions together creates dysfunctional businesses. The dysfunctional manner in which patriarchs hand over management control creates both dysfunctional managers, crazy families and out of control business management.
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Until now, succession planning has always been focused on the transition of assets from one generation to the next. This is an event at the accountant’s office, where the focus is on dividing the pie between siblings and avoid paying the tax man. Only lip service is paid to how management is to be transitioned. This is the problem!
The book looks at the core issues & provides unique solutions in a folksy manner.
The author breaks apart the science of farm decision making and family dynamics in a scientific yet practical manner. Over the past decade he has studied management techniques normally applied within Fortune 500 companies (ex. Six Sigma) and figured out pragmatic methods that the principles of these systems can be applied with the context of any “Blue Collar Family Business”. Using real world examples he illustrates how these academic concepts can be applied onto family farms using simplistic methods. It’s in an 80 minute Audio Book CD and a 75 page “quick read” format.
Although the author uses farms as example of all the concepts are applicable to most family ran businesses and is a must read for all businesses where multiple generations are struggling with the succession of management. Due to the baby boom demographic, this is a must read for most family ran businesses which are struggling with succession issues! It’s an undiscussed problem which affects many families!
To order a copy of the book or Audiobook/CD or a combination of both; fill out the form below. Most families order one copy of the book and then several copies of the Audiobook so that each family member can listen to the CD's in their truck radio in the same week. Although it is more expensive than sharing the same CD, it enables everyone to hear the same message at the same time on their own schedule leading to a meaningful conversation by the end of the week!
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We have many bankers, agronomists and Agribusiness salesmen buy our book in bulk as a meaningful gift for their best clients. We've even had farms whom after reading the book bought several copies of the book to anonymously gift to their friends because they think it's something their friends need to read.
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