Book Spotlight : Transition Plan – Chapter 3, Lessons from Experience, Observation and Research

The thing I appreciate most about this specific chapter is Bob’s willingness to reflect on practical things that could have been done better to help Dave Stone’s transition into the Senior Pastor role go more smoothly.  You will be hard pressed to a more practical list of insights on the topic of succession planning than in this chapter.

Chapter 3, Lessons from Experience, Observation and Research

God can bless a variety of transitions, but an intentional plan has the best chance for success. – page 57

The character of the persons involved in the transitions much more important than the timing or the strategy. – page 58

Just as locks keep honest people honest, a good transition plan with clear lines of authority and a definite time frame helps avoid conflicts and uncertainty. – page 60

Two years of mentoring and transitioning seems an adequate amount of time. – page 61

The departing leaders should be the initiator of the transition plan, and not the organization. – page 62

The organization should begin early to develop a generous compensation package. – page 63

The successor should share the same values, but not necessarily the same leadership style or temperament. – page 66

A wise successor will practice patience and restraint in implementing changes. – page 67

On pages 65 and 66, Bob spotlights seven insightful questions to consider as your Board or Elders think through developing a retirement package.  It would be a good idea for your leadership and finance teams to consider these as part of the process of developing your transition plan.

If you have not already done so, I would highly recommend you purchase a copy of this book for yourself and your leadership team.

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Tomorrow we will be highlighting excerpts from Chapter 4, Saying Goodbye…

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