Succession Planning has a few different meanings. It can mean assessing the key areas within your company and putting a plan in place should something drastic happen – something that could negatively affect your efficiency, profitability, and ability to meet customer’s demands. For example, if your senior marketing executive leaves your employ without notice, can your associate marketing executive step in to cover the position without disrupting service?
Succession Planning is also key when it’s time to sell your business. It guides you in determining how much your business is worth and how to get top dollar for it in the sale. It also dictates the transition plan from your ownership to your buyer’s new proprietorship of the company. This type of planning is also needed if you decide to retire but want to maintain ownership. How do you prepare your successor to keep your company solvent and operating at the level to which you brought it?