Here's how about 99% of department level succession planning goes in every company on the planet:
- The department manager looks at their direct reports and determines who their 'top' performer is.
- The department manager waits until they have a succession opening (I.E., promotion) and they throw the keys to the top performer.
Sound about right?
Arguably, besides great performance management, your department level managers will define their success as a leader
based on how well they can perform succession. We see this constantly in organizations and individuals where our
best leaders in succession have a lineage of great performers they've promoted up with the organization.
When you take a look at your best succession leaders they will also have some things in common, and it won't be the two-step process above! Your best leaders do a little more to ensure they are prepared for openings, and that they select the right employees for succession, not just the top performers.
This video will give you and your department managers some quick ideas and tips to ramp up succession in their own department.