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Is your team prepared for 2018?
Are they clear and aligned so they’re better able to work together instead of frustrating one another?
Do they know what to stop doing and what to start?
Are they looking forward to the new year or are they just…blah?
Last week I had one of those conversations with a coaching client I never thought I'd have with an executive. It was something that, I have to admit, immediately caused my blood pressure to spike (I don't tolerate bullies or rudeness). It was something my client didn't like either but he was too close to the situation and had tolerated it because it seemed to be an accepted part of the organization's culture. His colleagues don't respect closed office doors. They walk right in.
The destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is shocking. Millions have been impacted, thousands left homeless, and hundreds of thousands are now trying to identify how to move forward. As I watched from afar, Mother Nature first overwhelmed Houston and Eastern Texas and then in another display, aimed her furry at the Caribbean, the Florida Keys and then the state of Florida. No doubt like you, I was both stunned and impressed.
It’s getting to be that time of year again when many organizations start to think about holding strategy sessions. These sessions may be informal leadership team strategy sessions or more formal strategic planning retreats. Whatever format is used, I always suggest an outside facilitator – one who is skilled in facilitating senior-level strategy sessions – guide the process.
As a leader, you know your organization should have a succession plan. Yet you’ve not been able to justify taking time away from real work to create one. Why take the time to plan for something that might be helpful someday?
If that question sounds like something you’ve thought or said, please understand that a succession plan is more than a plan of who can or could take over positions in the future. It’s also a plan of who can temporarily step into positions now to keep things going when you or other team members are away. Succession planning is all about creating depth within your organization – now and in the future.