Succession is not just when the CEO decides to retire to Florida. Succession happens all the time, all over the organization. Technicians become team leaders, team leaders become supervisors, supervisors become managers and managers become executive managers.
And, we are all getting older. How old will you be in five years? It’s a simple math problem, but the answer can be surprising.
We look for those team members who have matured and are ready to step up. Or do we? Most times, we wait until there is an open position and we scramble.
Often, we put together a leadership program to teach identified management skills. Should it be a matter of teaching management skills, or rather, putting people in position to identify their management potential.
I did not say give them a promotion, a raise or the corner office, because if you did that, and they failed, you would have a chocolate mess on your hands. You test people with project work.