Training My Successor

One of the things we were told when we began our exec positions this year was that as soon as you finally get the hang of your job, you start training someone else. At first, I was skeptical. But as soon as February rolled around and I felt like I finally had a semblance of an idea of what I was doing, somebody had already been hired to fill my position for next year.

Training my successor is bittersweet. It’s bitter because I know how much I will miss being an executive member next year, but it’s sweet because I am able to see somebody starting on the incredibly rewarding and challenging journey of being an exec member. Meeting with my successor every week is also a chance for me to brainstorm things I wish I would have done and plant these seeds in the ideas that we come up with for next year, so that’s a really cool part of training that I wasn’t expecting when I started out.

Being able to reflect back on the year and also giving somebody else the tools to succeed in this position is a very exciting part of the job and it has been a great experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed, and I can’t wait to finish the training on a strong note.

~Elyse Krachman, Director of Spotlight Sounds

One thought on “Training My Successor

  1. This sense of continuity is what makes succession planning and training such a valuable process for the organization.
    On a personal level, I agree with you that the person who teaches and trains his/her successor is also benefited. Just like in any form of learning, by teaching others you get a more solid and deeper understanding of your knowledge portfolio. Finally, giving back to a learning organization is like paying back an old favor.

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