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Succession planning is a strategic process to ensure that a business can continue to operate smoothly even when key employees leave or retire. Use these guidelines to help you to create a robust succession plan within your business.

Identify key positions and determine critical roles…which positions are vital for the company’s ongoing success? Assess the impact of these roles on business operations, strategy, and growth.

Analyse your current talent using a skills assessment. Evaluate the skills, experiences, and potential of current employees. Use performance appraisals to identify employees who have the potential to take on larger roles. Identify any gaps between current capabilities and those needed for future roles.

Develop talent by implementing training and development programs tailored to fill the identified gaps. Pair potential successors with experienced leaders for mentorship and knowledge transfer. Provide opportunities for employees to work in different departments to broaden their experience.

Create a Succession Plan by first establishing the criteria for selection, skills, experience, and leadership qualities etc. Identify and select candidates who are potential fits for critical roles based on your criteria. Document the succession plan, including timelines, development activities, and evaluation methods.

Engage stakeholders and communicate the plan. Share the succession plan with key stakeholders, including current leaders and potential successors. Ensure that everyone understands and supports the plan.

Implement development plans by establishing clear goals and development plans for each potential successor. Regularly review progress and adjust development plans as needed. Offer continuous feedback to potential successors to guide their development.

Review and update the plans regularly to ensure they remain relevant and effective. You may also need to adapt the plan to reflect changes in business strategy, market conditions, or employee status.

Foster a succession culture, ensuring your senior management is committed to succession planning. Promote transparency about career paths and development opportunities within the company. Implement strategies to retain your top talent, always creating a positive work culture.

By following these steps, you can ensure that you have a solid succession plan that helps maintain continuity, retain talent, and support long-term success.

“When an employee leaves, there is a ripple effect.”  David Ulrich