But what if you get hit by that bus?

What you should know about succession planning 

We’ve all heard the morbid expression about the sinister bus inclined to run you over unexpectedly – meant to elicit fear in professionals and inspire them to create a comprehensive succession plan. And while many of us underestimate the importance of our role, or are hard-pressed to find time to document our day-to-day responsibilities, planning for a change in leadership is just as important and valuable as any other planning your organization does.

So check out some recent articles, quotes, trainings, and resources related to succession planning to help motivate you …

  •  “I have been concerned that one of the major strategic errors that not-for-profit leaders make is they don’t take succession planning seriously,” Geoffrey Canada said in an interview last week, after he announced that he would step down as chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone. He made it clear that he and his board had been planning this move—with his successor in mind—for more than two years. Two years may seem like a long time, but it’s worth the seamless transition.
  • The Nonprofit Quarterly’s recent piece (Planning for Leadership Emergencies in Nonprofits), features both a best- and worse-case scenario to showcase the significance of succession planning and highlights the elements of a solid leadership backup plan to ensure your organization’s leadership transition goes as planned.
  • As always, Third Sector New England has a plethora of great resources, including many on succession planning.
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services produced the go-to for succession planning- Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits.
  • Another don’t-miss resource is Leadership Development and Succession by the National Council of Nonprofits.
  • Or you can opt to take a Business Succession Planning Training Course by Professional Development Training- you can attend one of their upcoming workshops in Boston or have them do a full-organization training.
  • And don’t forget, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network also has resources for succession planning (and various other topics) which you can check out here.