1. Choose a worthy successor: Do you plan on leaving your company in the hands of a family member? Perhaps a long-time staff member? Either way, choosing the person to fill your own shoes can be a daunting task. It’s best for the business itself, to choose someone based on merit alone. If your oldest child has the perfect skill set, that’s wonderful. But for the sake of the business, it’s best to stay objective and ensure that the choice you make is the most qualified. It is generally accepted best practice to begin planning for succession up to fifteen years before you intend on retiring. This gives you ample time to test the waters, find your successor, and groom them to take over.
2. Implement a Training Plan: What are the critical functions of your company? It’s best to formally lay these out and familiarize your successor with the vital role they will be playing. Teach them to see the company through your eyes, to view it in a different light. Give them opportunities to take charge, and let them develop a managerial style which they can implement once it’s their turn at bat.
3. Stick to a Time Table: It’s important to create a detailed timeline in order acclimate your successor to their new role, and begin to phase yourself out. The transfer of responsibility should be gradual, and allow for your successor to acclimate slowly.
4. Develop a Retirement Plan: You need to think about your retirement, and ensure that your transition out of the workforce and into a well-deserved life of relaxation will go off without a hitch. To this end, plan out your life post-career. Where will you go? What will you do? Will you begin another business venture, or just enjoy a leisurely retirement? As your successor takes on more responsibilities, take the opportunity to ponder these important questions.
5. Install Your Successor: Before you walk out of your office door one final time, you must ensure that your successor has been fully installed with the tools he or she needs to achieve success. Be that guiding hand, but also know when it’s time to let go, and allow your successor to succeed or fail on their own.
As stated above, succession planning is a complicated process, and can be often times confusing and frustrating. The Orlando Law Group specializes in aiding our clients in not only starting their businesses but laying out a well thought out plan of succession. Call The Orlando Law Group at 407.512.4394 and schedule a consultation today!