Think Succession Planning is new? Just check your Bible
I could get rich quickly if I had a dollar for every article I read about succession planning. It seems that leaders across the globe woke up in unison and discovered that the need to prepare the next generation of leaders was an urgent task. Even further, the transition of CEO’s has only escalated at many top organizations, so everyone has the succession plan on the top of their list. Whether they take action is a completely different story.
Succession planning is not new and I can prove that even one of the most widely known leaders had a succession plan in place over 2000 years ago. The scripture verse below comes from the Gospel of Matthew and I think you will see my point:
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28: 16-20a
If you read this set of verses, it becomes quite clear what Jesus had in mind. He realized that his tenure in his earthly role was about to end and he needed to prepare his next level of leaders to carry forth the work. It doesn’t really matter whether you believe He is who he says he is, what is important in this context is that he had identified and trained his next generation of leaders for 3 years and had them ready to step forward when he took leave of his CEO role.
How are your preparing for the transition from your present role and the transition of those around you? Have you spent 3 years, even three months, preparing your next generation of leaders for their expanded duties.
We have this conversation with leaders on a regular basis and we are here to help you prepare and train your next generation of ambassadors to take over where you have left off.
It’s up to you. Either you make the right preparations or the message will fall upon deaf ears when you exit the premises.