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Dr. John G. Fast

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Company Description: ORGANIK is strongly committed to educating curious students and customers in the business of environmentally responsible farming. Every month many visitors tour the...   more

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  • B.A.
  • PhD. , Business Ethics
    Boston University
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Contact, 30 June 2014 [cached]
Mr John Fast
John Fast
John a partner in Organik serves asd Board Chairman. He can be reached at 090 335-5336.
Announcements - Silverwood Mennonite Church, 26 Jan 2007 [cached]
The Goshen College Music Center will present organist John Fast in recital on Sunday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall.Mr. Fast, organist at Parkview Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., and a member of the Eastern Mennonite University music faculty, will perform works by Bach, Guilmant and more.
The Canadian Amputee Hockey Committee, 11 May 2014 [cached]
Dr. John Fast John Fast is the author of the highly acclaimed "The Family Business Doctor. John is also the founder of The Centre For Family Business at the University of Waterloo and an international expert on family business succession and business transition strategies.
Farm Succession - The web site for farmers in transition, 28 Oct 2002 [cached]
It's not about paying less tax By: John FastFarm Succession - The web site for farmers in transition
By: John Fast
That was the message at the conference from John Fast, Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Family Business at the University of Waterloo (the first of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America).
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John Fast,Centre for Family Business
That complexity can lead to a lot of conflict but Fast said if family members first define their overall objectives, the process will be clearer and easier.For families in which religion is important, he's gone as far as to start meetings with a prayer dedicated to harmony, peace and love (or other values the family may have)."That way," said Fast, "if conflict arises, you can go back to the core values so that everybody can get back on track.It's important to have the family create a set of values," from which business discussions can be based.
The "Fast" system for succession planning
Fast has helped hundreds of families over the years using his technique of identifying values first, but he also uses a systematic approach that helps families "ease into" the whole process.
It begins with interviewing all family members separately to assess individual needs and preferences.Then, he brings the family together and tries to make the gathering humourous and fun."Get the real issues on the table as early as possible" he advised.
But families are not always open.Fast cautioned that advisors will run into cases where there has been abuse or mental illness in the family and in such cases it may be necessary to call in a psychologist, counsellor or other appropriate professional."I always have a list of various professionals I can call upon if need be."
In the majority of cases, the most difficult challenge, said Fast, is what he called "founderitis (founder-eye-tis): "This is a new virus I have detected in which the founder of the business cannot let go.It's usually because of fear that someone else might run the business better than they do."But the children taking over the farm are not without their fears as well.
Psychological distance
As much as the owner wants to retain an identity, the children need to have their own sense of independence and identity.
Fast put it this way: "Many of the adult children, aged 18 to 35, feel trapped.Their life task is to become independent but often, just as they get their own home and build their own families, the family farm pulls them back in."
His point?Understand the human dynamics of the family first before offering solutions.And his advice: Encourage clients to be as open as possible.
Fast said many families want a quick resolution but in fact, most succession planning takes two to five years.
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Advisor Directory | Centre For Family Business, 10 Oct 2015 [cached]
Dr. John Fast - The Family Business Doctor
At the age of twenty John asked his bank manager for a construction loan to start his first business.
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