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The Chicago Work Uniform Company Readies Their “Bench”: Succession Planning Series

Mark Stedman - Monday May 18, 2015

Your leadership team is one of your most important resources and it is vital to the long term health of your organization to maintain a strong “bench.” A bench in a sports related context is used to describe the players who are not starters, but fill important gaps in your line up – they may also be your future starters.

The same goes for any organization, when you need additional human capital to advance a special project or address an urgent need, you rely on your bench to fill those roles. Your bench is an excellent area to develop future leaders who can experience greater responsibilities without the pressure or the spotlight that your prime time team members experience. If you have not given careful thought to building your bench, you should step back and access your organizations human resource capacity.

Succession planning is often overlooked in an organization, but should be considered a key component to an organizations strategic plan. At a recent gathering of Independent Uniform Rental operators hosted by the CSCNetwork, Eric Kurjan from Six Disciplines, presented a compelling case for a well devised succession plan. With 20 plus owners in the room, not one had a formal written succession plan – and these are forward thinking owners who all run world class organizations. Developing a strategy for integrating future leaders, family and non-family, into an ongoing organization and then updating that strategy as the needs of the organization and the capacity to lead changes serves as a keystone to a successful succession plan. With the proper planning, performance evaluation system and training programs in place – the bench continues to evolve into an incredible resource.

Succession planning is often overlooked in an organization, but should be considered a key component to an organizations strategic plan. At a recent gathering of Independent Uniform Rental operators hosted by the CSCNetwork, Eric Kurjan from Six Disciplines, presented a compelling case for a well devised succession plan. With 20 plus owners in the room, not one had a formal written succession plan – and these are forward thinking owners who all run world class organizations. Developing a strategy for integrating future leaders, family and non-family, into an ongoing organization and then updating that strategy as the needs of the organization and the capacity to lead changes serves as a keystone to a successful succession plan. With the proper planning, performance evaluation system and training programs in place – the bench continues to evolve into an incredible resource.

Every aspect of your organization is important, but perhaps the most overlooked aspect of a healthy organization is your succession plan and how your “bench” fits into that plan. Ignored and you may be headed down a blind alley, but developed over time, your organization will pass the test of time!

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