Ready for the "Next Chapter"
If I Were to Step Away Today...
A quick self-assessment to rate your readiness to begin the next phase of your professional and personal life.
Please enter the appropriate number in the right hand column.
4 -Mostly Agree
3 -Neither Agree / Disagree
2 -Mostly Disagree
Interpreting Your Score:
85 – 100
This score may indicate a readiness to make solid plans for imminent retirement, with self-assurance that you are prepared operationally, financially, and emotionally. It may also point to over-confidence and/or over-eagerness to proceed with plans. To avoid regrets down the road, it may be prudent to step back and take a second look.
70 – 84
This score reflects a healthy respect for the complexity of retirement planning, yet maintains a realistic concern that, with appropriate and thorough planning, an across-the-board positive outcome may be achieved.
55 – 69
This score demonstrates humility and a realistic expectation regarding retirement readiness. With appropriate time and sufficient progress (including financial, leadership, and communication), the owner and operation may become more confidently positioned for retirement.
40 – 54
This score indicates a need for the owner’s candid introspection, as well as open discussion among active family members regarding retirement intentions. The next course of action should include family meetings to discuss goals related to succession for the owners, the family and the farm.
This score points to multiple concerns; although it is never premature to begin planning for retirement, the operation, successor(s), and financial considerations may require more time before the current owner steps away. Additional assessments, personal counsel and specific plans of action may help to improve the outlook.
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