4. Succession Process
The predecessor had already made very good investments in harvesting, storage and drying technology during his managerial period. In addition to the development of the company, the predecessor tried to ensure that his son, as a future successor, gained experience outside the farm. For example, the entrepreneur spent a year in England working for a large hops cultivation firm. During his graduate training as a farmer, he held a position in an agricultural trade company. Ethics is held in high regard at the farm, and a good atmosphere is maintained: "You must always be able to look people in the eye!"
It was always clearly stated that the present successor would take over the farm. But it was only when the entrepreneur was 38 years old that the succession took place. This time was appropriate as it was the beginning of the retirement of the predecessor. The other brothers and sisters were able to be compensated with sufficient assets, so that there were no remaining burdens for the operation. The late date of the hand-over from the point of view of the successor was, however, unproblematic, since in the meantime, he earned his living in other employment. At 38, however, it was time to make it official. Today, the successor knows that the succession occurred early enough. And he appreciates what was built up by his parents and the employees. He was encouraged and praised before, during, and after surrender by the predecessor for his actions and his ideas. With criticism and good advice, the predecessor is still always at hand. Four years after the succession, the successor has already learned the first lessons: "Being employed and taking responsibility are completely different things. There are many little things that I have in my head today. Whether this is the purchase of gas or the ongoing accounting. I did not see that before."