Develop bench strength on your Team
If you manage a work group or team in today’s business environment, the old maxim that “luck is where preparation meets opportunity” really comes into play. I can’t tell you how many times I have observed and experienced a lack of depth or bench strength just at the time an important opportunity comes along. Tom flight managers develop their people, develop a training plan for the future and develop bench strength.
You can’t always anticipate the specific skills and knowledge that may be needed down the road…but you should try. Making a “skill & knowledge” assessment for each individual on your team is critical. Find out what your business will most likely need in the abilities of your Unit. See where each individual stacks up and then build ongoing, regular and focused training plans to close the gap.
In this way, when a new project comes along, you will very likely be able top execute the project better because your team is better trained and ready for broader and deeper project actions. Train now for delegation bench strength later.