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What if a key person were immediately and permanently unavailable? What would you do? It’s not a “who’s going to cover for” situation but “who’s going to take over?” Many leaders tell me it will take months, even years, to get someone ready for a key position. Yet they don’t prepare. Then when something happens (for instance: a key employee leaves the organization), the challenge becomes real, TODAY. The funny thing is: we figure it out in the moment because we have to but it’s rough and stressful.
What if you made an Emergency Replacement Plan now for each of your key people? Posit that each leaves without warning; how will you get who’s next up to speed essentially overnight because you have to? What have you learned that you will start now to cross-train and prepare for tomorrow?