Use Communications to Strengthen Your Bench for Continuity and Growth

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passing baton.jpgThe business world was abuzz recently when Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a leave of absence. How would the company, which is driven by Jobs' vision, continue to innovate without him at the helm? Apple has dealt with the issue in the past and never missed a beat.

A few days later, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced that he would move into a different role at the search giant.

Changes like this happen every day in companies though without the fanfare of Jobs or Schmidt. How prepared is your team to adapt -- and keep the momentum going -- when you move into a new role or even take a week's vacation?

As a leader, mentoring and developing your employees is one of your most critical responsibilities. That means providing opportunities for individuals to take on stretch assignments, get exposure to executive leaders and take part in high-profile initiatives.

Also, by allowing team members to shadow you from time to time in key meetings or on site visits, you provide visibility into what skills and experience are required to advance in the organization.

Of course, you can take time in one-on-one meetings and in skip-levels to help employees chart their career path.

You might not be ready to move into a new position or take a job at a new company, but by helping ensure that your team understands your role, you can provide continuity for the business and career growth for your team.

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