Leadership turnover is inevitable in a growing/entrepreneurial company. In fact, approximately 80% of companies that implement EOS experience a leadership team change within the first few years of their implementation. It’s a natural outcome as the priorities and roles within the company gain laser focus.
The EOS process helps build a cohesive leadership team by creating an environment of deep accountability and trust. But not all leaders are willing or ready for this path. The breakthroughs can be intense and cause discomfort for those who aren’t on board.
Some Common Reasons for Turnover
Turnover at the top level can be unnerving, but is easier to swallow when you recognize that it is a natural evolution of building a great organization.
Expect the Unexpected
Recently, a key member of a client leadership team abruptly left to go to a competitor. It stunned and angered several members of the team. But eventually they recognized he really wasn’t the best fit culturally and that his departure was actually the right result. He just recognized it before they did. They are currently in the process of finding his replacement and are encouraged by the pool of talent they are seeing. They know it’s going to work out!
5 Tips to Prepare for Leadership Turnover
Tip #1: Identify and document all your Core Processes. This is key in preparing for a departure. It reinforces the strength, stability and resilience of the organization, especially when a key member of the team departs.
Tip #2: Hold regular Level 10 Meetings and continue to add issues to the Issues List. This helps keep the entire leadership team in the loop with timely/relevant issues that may need attention when a key member departs.
Tip #3: Maintain a strong network of trusted colleagues and advisors. It’s good to have a sounding board outside your company. Trusted mentors/advisors can help you gain a broader perspective.
Tip #4: Be ready to jump into the seat. It’s helpful to know who will temporarily own a key seat before it’s vacated. This helps provide piece of mind and confidence that you can handle a sudden departure.
Tip #5: Don’t panic. Maybe this should have been tip #1, but hopefully now you see there’s no need to panic. Companies that run on EOS have a knack of bouncing back quickly because they are prepared.
Remember that changes in the leadership team are normal, healthy, and a sign that your organization is evolving. Embrace the change!
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