In order to design a successful succession plan, you need to first know your company/agency. Who supervises whom? Who handles which functions? Know the full organization of your company/agency.
In planning ahead you need to take into account how many employees may be leaving or retiring. What would you do if one of your top managers had to have an operation and was going to be out for 3 months? You will need someone to fill in for that position.
Be mindful of any future skills the job might require. Although forewarning is not always possible, it is ideal for giving you enough time to choose the right candidate for the right position.
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