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Originally Published February 28, 2011

I’ve been challenged again to think about succession planning. Tomorrow isn’t very far away. Things happen. Begin evaluating your future options considering who performs people’s jobs when they are on vacation. If people are backed up from above, that’s a short-term recipe for long-term disaster. If people are backed up by a peer, it’s really not much better.

Question:

How do you create an organization where everyone is backed up from below? Everyone…including your senior people? Often, what is required is more about faith that it is about training. What must you do to make this a policy starting now?

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