Have you developed your sixth man/woman?
The Challenge of Developing Internal Leaders
All of us are familiar with Leadership Development, Talent Management, Bench Strength, and Succession Planning as good business practices. These are not novel ideas, yet most companies do less than half as well as they should in the development of internal leaders. Why?
Facing my demise
For some of us it is like writing a will or buying life insurance—sensible behavior we avoid because of implications we don’t want to face.
The enough time fallacy
“We’re totally slammed as it is, we don’t have additional time to spend on this.”
Imagine the head coach of a NBA team informing the ownership that although they are paying twelve players on the active roster he only has enough time to focus on the development of the five starters. They really need 100% of the coach’s time if they are going to make the playoffs. Besides all of them are relatively young and in good health, it’s highly unlikely any of them will get sick or injured this season.