It’s been hard to miss the news recently about the tumult in the White House Press Office. First, the resignation of Sean Spicer as Acting White House Communications Director and the appointment and abrupt firing of Anthony Scaramucci in Spicer’s place, leaving the CD role empty. Then the firing of Reince Preibus (who, as Chief of Staff, oversees Press Office functions), and the hiring and installation of John Kelly in his place. It’s an upheaval that brings many questions, and few concrete answers from recognized leaders within the Office.
While the absence of a Communications Director makes it difficult to communicate effectively with stakeholders and audiences (we’ll talk about the importance of a crisis communication plan in a future blog post!), the most interesting takeaway in this turmoil is actually the importance of leadership development and succession planning in ensuring smooth transitions within corporate structures.
Succession planning and business growth are long-term strategies, and they require sufficient planning and prep work to be successful. If a leadership transition is in your company’s future – at any level! -, a clear understanding of how it will happen, who will transition in and when, and what, if any knowledge transfers or organizational changes might happen as a result helps temper any anxiety within the ranks or adverse changes to your corporate culture.
Some good steps to consider:
And above all else…
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