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Understanding compromise or co-operation

This week Allan Parker delivered a one-day course on negotiation and communication in Armidale, NSW which had 43 participants with a good mix of industries including; Govt. groups, Landcare, New England businesses and farm owners. The workshop touched on the complexity of negotiations and communications…

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Family businesses managing conflict

In a recent survey by Family Business Australia it was found that: 70% of Australian businesses were run by a family; 66% of current CEO's were 50 year or older; 20% of current CEO's were over 60 year old; and 60% experienced conflict within the…

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Why is Communication important to your business?

The ability to communicate, and communicate well, is one of the biggest factors in business success. You could be an excellent farmer, accountant, designer etc, but if you’re unable to promote your services, products and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues, your business potential is…

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Farm Succession and Inheritance

In June 2007, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation issued a report titled “Farm Succession and Inheritance” by Elaine Barclay, Roslyn Foskey and Ian Reeve. The report might seem dated now, but I keep referring back to it because in my view, the key…

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ABS report indicates significant change in farming

The Australian Bureau urea of Statistics released a report this week highlighting some significant changes in agriculture of the past 50 years. You can find the report at http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features10Dec+2012. The conclusions I came to after reviewing the report include:\n1. Consolidation, succession and exit strategies are key…

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