Stephen Covey warned against the danger of climbing a ladder only to discover that you climbed the wrong ladder. Worse, if you and your team are trying to climb different ladders, you won't make it to the top of any ladder, because you'll be working at cross purposes. Are you and your leadership team clear about who you are, what you want, where you're going, i.e., what ladder you're climbing? Just a few of the many symptoms of lack of alignment and clarity include:
Increasingly, I meet with business owners and firm leaders who are ready to retire or hand off the leadership baton, only to realize that no one is ready to take over their role. The result is, they have to lead longer than they want to, sometimes with declining commitment, until a successor can be prepared. In the meantime, the business is at risk of suddenly and unexpectedly finding itself without a fully-prepared leader.