What will happen to your business when you retire or decide to sell it? Or what if an emergency abruptly removes you from the helm?
When a leader’s transition is sudden—due to a financial crisis, an accident, illness, or even death—those involved are likely making decisions during an emotional time, and those decisions are often poor.
Planning ahead removes the emotion so you can make clear decisions about how you want the business to operate. It makes life easier for your successors. Start now, while you have the right team around you.
An exit strategy has two primary components. The first assumes everything will go as planned, and the second is a contingency plan in case a substantial change causes the first one to fail.
Here's how you can ensure an orderly leadership transition when the time comes:
Make sure you allow enough time. A typical leadership change takes three to five years.
If you haven’t started planning your exit strategy, today’s the day.
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