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By Sanjeev Kumar
Founding Attorney

Business succession planning involves establishing protocol for passing leadership roles down the chain of command within a company. It involves identifying key leadership roles, what those roles require, and who within the company would be fit to take over when the need arises. It is only natural for there to be some turnover in a company and this includes turnover at the management and executive level. Putting a plan in place for who will take over and how that transition will occur over time can be incredibly valuable. Let’s take a look at some of the big benefits business succession planning has to offer.

The Benefits of Business Succession Planning

First off, business succession plan helps ensure continuity in your business operations. By planning for major transition periods such as new people stepping into leadership roles, the business can continue with little to no interruptions. This can have the added benefit of creating and maintaining confidence among investors and employees within the company. Knowing that there is a plan in place for the transitions the company is likely to face in the future can ease anxiety among parties interested and invested in the company’s continued success.

Having such a plan in place can also be highly motivating to employees. The plan ensures that the business is prepared to advance employees at all levels of the company, not just in management and executive level roles. With a business succession plan in place, employees will be able to see that there is a clear and formalized path to advancement within the company. This can be empowering to employees and increase rates of job satisfaction. Career development opportunities are, of course, important to many.

Having such a plan in place also signals a commitment among managers and executives to mentor employees and have a vested interested in providing trainings so that they can impart their knowledge and expertise onto those that will eventually step into company leadership roles. It gives management a clear incentive to be on the lookout for and track employees that would bring value to leadership positions. It also provides more opportunities for company values and the company’s vision for the future to be shared among employees at varying levels of the business structure.

Among other things, a business succession plan is a plan to cultivate the next generation of leaders in a company. It can assuage fears of people leaving the company to pursue other opportunities or retire. It can solidify a company’s foundation so that there is stability in the face of an otherwise uncertain future.

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Business succession planning is too easily put off, but it is also too important to delay. Put a succession plan in place now and enjoy the many benefits it can bring to your company and your employees. For assistance drafting a strong, comprehensive business succession plan, you can count on The Kumar Law Firm. Contact us today.

About the Author
Sanjeev Kumar is the founder and principal at the Kumar Law Firm, which provides a wide range of legal services to entrepreneurs and business owners in the area of business & corporate law and intellectual property along with related areas of interest to clients such as business succession planning, wealth preservation through estate planning, and alternate dispute resolution.