Succession planning can be an intimidating subject for most everyone, but the fact is that it shouldn’t be. It’s not something that has to be overly complicated nor should it be viewed in a negative light. If handled properly it can be an amazing experience with new opportunities and optimism in its wake. As a follow-up to the previous article, “Changing of the Guard”, we would like to leave you with a letter passed on by one of our clients.
RE: The Passing of the Torch: My Impending Retirement on May 15th
To: My Fellow Comrades In Arms:
In working here for almost 30 years, I have come to see both business and personal life very differently. So much has happened that I had never expected. I have found friendships that are incredible and valuable. I have had to become a stronger and better person than if I had been somewhere else, and I have seen how lives can be either elevated or destroyed. I have come to understand how business careers and personal lives are so very intertwined and similar with not much difference once you look below the surface…
As you ride this “wild beast of business”, I want to share with you some of what I have learned that may make your path a little easier, more valuable and exciting!
You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed door number eight and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward. – Joel Osteen
For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. – Margaret Heffernan
Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem. – Jonathon Mead
No matter how busy you are, you must take the time to make the other person feel important. – Mary Kay Ash
If it isn’t fun, forget it! – John Adams
Overall life is not easy. Most of the time, we will be tired at the end of the day. Not all of our tasks will be accomplished. The difference is between having a good tired feeling or a bad tired feeling: a good tired feeling comes from having accomplished a lot that is a high priority, valuable and important. It comes from making important progress. It comes from helping others in strategic high impact projects!
Whatever you do, keep learning! Risk yourself in an endeavor that you can give your life to! If you do, you will become truly one of the best!
I look forward to coming back to visit and hearing of not only continued success, but success at an amazingly higher level that is unprecedented! I am 100% certain you can do it if you make that choice!
Sincerely and gratefully,
An Anonymous Retiring Employee
Hopefully you relate to the closing thoughts shared by this employee. If you would like to speak to Don about your own succession plan or that of another leader in your organization, call us at 800-786-4332 x108 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.