Next man up … watching the College Football Championship game last night was a case study in having a succession plan.

Ohio State played the game with their third string quarterback, while Oregon showed up with a second string coach. Due to Buckeye injuries, Cardale Jones found himself in command of the OSU huddle. And thanks to Chip Kelly’s departure a couple of years ago to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Mark Helfrich was the man in charge of the Duck decisions.

Are you kidding me? The best teams in the land led by a bunch of back ups?

It begs the question. Does your organization have a depth chart like the Bucs and Ducks? If you expect to maximize the capacity of your leaders and reach the potential of your team, you better pay attention to and build your bench.

College football teams recognize at any moment, at every position, someone needs to be ready to move from the role of backup to starter … even with their coaches. Whether through graduation or injury, a next-man-up mentality is vital for a program’s success. Your business should be no different.

If you truly want to create a leadership culture, don’t forget to build your bench. At some point you will need it, especially if you hope to become a champion.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Do you have a strategic process for building your bench?

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