Articles tagged "Develop Next Generation of Leaders"
The Vice President of Human Resources called. “I need to create a Strategic Workforce Plan for our company, get our leadership team on-board, teach all managers how to do this, and then implement this thing. How do I create this so it makes sense and doesn’t alienate everyone in the process?” That’s a great question, because the key issue is not “How do I do this?” The key issue is, “How do I get the leadership team on-board with me to design, implement, and use this plan to ensure we have a talented and flexible workforce now and in the future?”
I received a call last week from Trent, a senior manager. The executive team is keenly aware their organization lacks leadership depth and they need to act now. Their managers and ‘high-potentials’ have good technical skills, but are not equipped with the skills needed to effectively lead now, much less manage and strategically lead the organization as they want it to be 3, 5, and 10 years from now. So, they’ve initiated a leadership development program. Sounds great so far right? Yeah, I thought so too...
How many podcasts, articles, posts, or chats have you listened to, read, or participated in, just this week, hoping to gain another tip to propel you, motivate you, or teach you how to be a better leader? How many? 1, 2, 5, 10, more? Now here’s an ugly question: What specifically have you done with the information you’ve heard or learned? I’m asking this question because it typically triggers glares from business owners, company directors, and leadership team members when I ask it of them.
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.
Last week, following my presentation to 150 small business owners, one of the audience members shared with me, “You know, I’ve been a Stage Five Leader for years. That’s not the problem. It’s this vision thing. I don’t think we’ve got that down because I can get away from my business for up to three months, but any longer than that, and it will fail.”