When I was in the US Navy a lifetime and a half ago we were taught there are no irreplaceable men. In business this maxim is often disregarded to our detriment.

What would happen if you were called away for an extended period of time?
Would there be anything left to return to, other than a ruined reputation?


1.  List Your Critical Functions

List your critical functions to the company. Understand what you need to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to keep the company going.

2.  Order of Succession

Create a redundant order of succession such that when you are out others in the office automatically know they are charged with the responsibility of getting those functions completed.

3.  Train Your Successors

Once the functions are identified and an order of succession put in place train your successors in every facet of their assigned duties so that when that day comes the transition is seamless and the business moves forward even in your absence.
AuthorDean Birinyi