To look good, perhaps, or maybe to lose weight; but, ultimately, to live a longer, healthier life. Exercise is to the body what succession planning is to a business. Treating succession planning the same way you (ideally) treat your body is a good start to optimizing your company’s healthy succession program. You may take a good hard look at yourself occasionally and think, “I could be better.” So, you do a couple push-ups, decide it’s kind of late, and you plan to get up early tomorrow morning to start an exercise routine that you’re going to maintain for the rest of your life.
But you don’t. You keep planning on it. That’s exactly what planning is: not doing. If you want an effective succession model, you must turn “planning” into “development.” Planning to do something doesn’t change anyone, but development, and developmental experiences, do. Succession planning has a lot of checklists, charts, forms, and meetings, and can cause a false sense that the planning process is an end in and of itself, rather that the precursor to real development.
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