60 minutes is all you need to come up with some great ideas for your company’s succession planning! Try a brainstorming session! This is a good way to facilitate meaningful, strategic discussion with your group on a sometimes-tough topic. Typically, I’ll recommend a longer SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) session, but this is good when you have a limited time frame. Here are 6 questions to get you started:
- What do you want your Company to look like in 3 years? (i.e., industry leader, well-respected, leading edge).
- What is the GBU -Good/Bad/Ugly- about your Company and what top 3 issues does your Company face? ( try this in lieu of a longer SWOT analysis).
- Who can help you solve these things? (i.e., how can we better target our efforts?)
- How can you use the experience available in your Company?
- What can you do to make the Company more attractive to young professionals?
- How does your leadership in the Company impact the organization?
- What’s your elevator pitch? (i.e., can you provide a snapshot of what the Company does in 30 seconds?)
As you can see, it would be easy to branch out into other questions from the ones above. To be sure, there are a few tricks for effective brainstorming. Stay tuned!