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Business Succession Planning - Three Fundamental Reasons You Need It Now!

Aug 17, 2007
As the manager of your business, at whatever level you like; from small business owner with a bunch of dedicated expert people; through supervisors of their own teams; right up to CEO's running major businesses, you need the right people around you, all the time.

And the way to do this, is through creating a first class and sustainable management team, for whom you groom replacements on the fly, to a program, within a simple process.

Here are a few reasons why this will help you:-

Make Time

Succession planning consistently creates skilled people, who are capable of taking the weight off a manager or boss, to ensure that he or she doesn't have to do it all. Indeed, these talented, developed people often can do the business even better in their particular niche skill than the boss.

This is really supportive for a manager and means that they can get back to their real task of focusing on bigger picture issues, where they give the best value.

So time is saved from the manic fire-fighting that happens when key people leave and you have to cope, somehow.

Because you know who it will be who will pick up the loose ends - however inconvenient they may be.

You got it - it's you.

With a great succession planning process in place, you can be assured that this stops - in fact there are much wider benefits - read on!


With succession planning helping to create a healthy business future, managers can build a level of security into how they do their job.

This means that they can try out new things to build their business. Safe in the knowledge that they will have the right people in place at the right time, business confidence grows and the team becomes far 'bigger' people in themselves.

Once that confidence swells, the risks have a habit of paying off more often. Maybe it's with the confidence of knowing that not only do you have the best people in place, but they are also creating the next generation too, that a more accurate capacity to make correct judgements kicks in.


Both financial and emotional. Enhanced performance usually generates improved earnings, since that is the way many businesses reward their people.

And there is more to it than that. It is at least just as, if not more, fulfilling to be rewarded by the emotional return, gained by using succession planning to create a brilliant team. To leave a legacy too. To leave a sustainable future.

It is personally extremely satisfying. This has positive knock-ons into other areas of a manager's wellbeing too.

Succession planning processes are a simple and highly effective way to deliver sustainable, focused business growth with a little pain and as much of the gain as is possible.

Maybe it's time to give it a try.
About the Author
(c) 2007 Succession Planning Toolkit. If you want to develop and build an easy to run business, you need to develop your people well. You can find out how, right here, on Martin Haworth's fascinating website at http://www.SuccessionPlanningToolkit.com
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