Succession planning is hard, even for the British royals. But you have to start somewhere… In this scene from Netflix’s The Crown, King George VI is dying of lung cancer, but his family doesn’t realize how serious it is yet. At this point in time, Queen Elizabeth is a young mother who thinks she’ll be
queen…someday in the undefined future. The King calls her in to join his review of daily government
briefing documents—and shares his unorthodox method to outsmart his advisors.
Succession transitions require preparing the next generation for both the nuts and bolts of the duties, as well as the stress and strain of being the leader. We obviously encourage you to invest in successors over time rather than wait until you’re dying. But the reality of many lives is, an illness or death jolts us to realize just how important this is.