Monday, June 3, 2013

Succession Fatigue

There is a concept in the HR world known as Succession Planning. There are many arms to the succession octopus, however, most organizations accompany this concept with a common tag line:
"If the CEO leaves, who will replace her..?"

In today's workforce the word succession might be taken with the wrong connotation. If the objective of the organization is only to replace the top officer what does that mean the the rest of your employee population? Along with the HR popularized catch phrases: Millennials, Employee Engagement, and a seat at the table....maybe its time to sunset the concept of succession planning?

It's About What We Leave Behind!
Any great leader has a goal to leave the company in good hands. It has been proven that inability to delegate makes for a dip in company progression. There comes a point with each leader when we have made our riches and compiled personal accolades. From there, we are trying to create something that will make the world a better place. We want to touch lives by helping people build their confidence. We want to put our stamp on something that others can carry and interpret. In essence, leadership is a selfless act that gives others the fuel to serve better than we have.

When it comes our time to pass the torch we will want it to shine brighter!

Start Building Tomorrow, Today!
Deflate the old concept of golden parachutes for dead weight executives. Legacy building should start from one's date of hire. Our hiring process should involve our vision for the future and a candidate's ability to carry the torch. Otherwise, what are we fighting for?

All promotions should be internal. We should not be concerned with teaching our employees too much. If our culture rocks...people will thrive!

It is incumbent upon us to consider the impact every individual can have on our organizational development. We have to consider the importance of filling our employee's toolboxes with everything we can afford to give them. Everyone should aspire to be our company's CEO.

The future is every day! There is no finish line!

Don't Forget to Remember!


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