MVP’s during the Pandemic:
Modern Succession Planning for Operational Continuity
In times of abundance, organizations view leadership as the critical element. Succession planning is ranked lists of possible successors to high level positions. Although the named replacements rarely get the job, the exercise creates and distributes the precious commodity of status.
It is good to be in the succession plan. It is the ultimate evidence that you’ve joined the club. You are nearly indispensable. Excepting the fact that leaders rarely make good replacement choices, succession planning is a useful exercise.
In times of scarcity or crisis, the rules change. Rather than progression to the C-suite, business continuity becomes the governing question. The conversation changes from ‘who is the next leader’ to ‘who do we need to make things run?’
We’ll say an example of someone who we will need to make the organization run is named Ted. Ted is the person who knows how to pull all of the
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