This is not the same as succession planning, but that may be a part of your continuity plan. At a basic level, a continuity plan is a plan to bring focus, insight, and tactics together in the most effective way possible to maintain personal and organizational health and vitality. It’s an ongoing cycle that allows for refinement and modification.
In a recent live stream, I talked about “Hummingbird Leadership.” If you’ve ever watched a hummingbird fly, they are unique in the avian world. They naturally display the OODA loop. Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. They do it often. They are making intentional decisions based on their observations and the need to reorient in a changing environment. They decide. They act. They move forward. This is a great example of how we as leaders should practice leadership. Continuity planning is the context in which we can practice the OODA loop.
In times of dynamic change and challenge, the ability to succeed lies in exercising a full complement of leadership muscles. Much like “circuit training” in the gym (having a well-considered process to guide exercise) will ensure that all muscle groups will be developed in a balanced approach to build strength and get the results you desire.
In continuity planning, that high level guiding process is Focus, Insight, Tactics – FIT.