Companies should always be thinking about who their next potential leaders will be to replace managers who retire, move, or are promoted. Succession planning can be crucial in keeping the company running smoothly when there are changes in management. Following these steps can help you mine for your potential diamond in the rough among current employees.
- Think towards the future. Where do you see the company going and who would best help take it there?
- Focus on the position. Don’t try to find a carbon copy of the current manager, however wonderful s/he may be. Focus instead on the job itself and who can perform it excellently.
- Keep an open mind. Don’t just look at the obvious top performers and overlook someone within the company who quietly does an outstanding job. Also consider soft skills such as emotional and personal connectivity.
- Communicate openly. Let promising employees know that they have potential for greater things within the company before they become frustrated and leave.