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Succession Planning - Vital For Your Business At All Levels

Nov 16, 2007
The big companies like Chevrolet and Coke have been run by several CEO's over the years. What has made these companies so successful? For one thing, it's because they know how to manage their replacement of their key players - they use a process called succession planning.

You see, every business will go on, even when the incumbent CEO or the owner moves on. You can't become immortal and continue to run your business however hard you try, or however affluent you are. Face the fact that your life is finite and that you need a good strategy in your business and in your life when big problems occur.

What Is Succession Planning To Me?

Succession planning is simply a strategy to have people lined up to take over should you need it. At senior level this has been in place for years to ensure the organization will not fall off a cliff should anything happen to a key person.

And for the mere mortals of us out there, it is just as vital to be fully organized for ourselves and our own teams' members, who we would struggle without in an emergency

Finding The Right People For Succession

When it comes to succession planning, who are the possible successors in your team? If it's your own business, there are several key people that you can look at right now, for the future.

First, you can look at your immediate family. Is your son or your daughter capable of running the company? If you think that they are capable of running the company then you can start grooming them to run the business early on. Now would not be too soon.

Second, you can look at the employees of the business. You might want to promote one of the in-house staff and turn them into the next key player.

Then, you might have to hire an outside person to run the company. this whole process is the cornerstone to a successful planning process.

Finding Someone Who Can Help With Succession Planning

These are the basic things that you have to look at when it comes to planning for a successful future. If you have no idea what to do when it comes to succession planning then you have to ask for advice from experts.

There are plenty of experts in these areas nowadays. In small owner-managed businesses, they are so-called family business management experts. If you think that you could use succession planning help from these people then you should get it sooner rather than later to prepare a plan.

You should not wait till it's too late to get this sorted out. You have to prepare for this early on. Succession planning can be a quite complicated process and it is might be emotional too.

Preparing a succession plan is vital if you want to maintain how well your business is run now, and into the future.
About the Author
(c) 2007 Coaching Businesses To Success. Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. For a free e-course contact cbts01@aweber.com. More? There are hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, http://www.Coaching-Businesses-To-Success.com
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