Who gets the last chef?
That was the title of my presentation for a group of managers. The title was inspired by a number of conversations that I have been having with clients. You can substitute "chef" for the type of critical position that is part of your current reality.
Reflecting on those conversations, I realized that there has been a common thread through most of them. They have all been concerned with:
On a daily basis, this is not so obvious. Therefore, it’s not a high priority, but it hits them every time a key team member needs to be replaced. Firstly, they realize that there is no obvious No. 2 who has been groomed for the job. Secondly, when they start the search, they quickly understand that there is not a lot of talents available out there.
The problem is that once they realize this, it’s a bit late to do much about it other than pray—