Welcome to Episode 6 of the Working with SMEs Podcast. In today’s conversation with co-host Nathan Eckel, we discuss the challenges of succession planning. Succession planning is more than just grooming the right person and getting out of the way, but it’s about making sure new leaders have all the information they need to move forward.
Nathan reminds us, “The first job of a leader is to define reality.”
A great leader must embody qualities like vision and the ability to inspire, but he or she also needs the right information to be able to accurately define reality and make good decisions. A strong learning organization has all that information available and usable.
An organization is a living, breathing organism. Everybody’s contribution makes the organization work, and that is why knowledge capture and transfer is at the heart of success.
As your key people retire, are you capturing what you need to know for business continuity?
(Warning: Peggy tells a joke in this episode.)