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Succession planning is important for several reasons.
- 100% of us will get sick - no human is exempt. We may suffer an injury. We need to know that we've adequately prepared someone to step in our shoes should we need to be out for an extended period.
- We can prepare people for the CIO job on our campus - or the campus down the road. It doesn't matter. The campus down the road may be training our next CIO. It is an industry responsibility. The effort is never wasted.
- If my campus believes that a successor is better than me and is ready to take my place, I need to make sure my skills and abilities have prepared me to get the next job. I can't rest on my laurels. Many of work in environments where our positions are "at will" anyway, and we can be asked to leave any time. I need to be prepared to land successfully; you need an exit strategy and an landing plan regardless of your succession plan.