Best Approach to Succession Planning Strategies

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Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Five-step Approach towards Family Succession Planning
    3. Three-step Approach towards Business Succession Planning

succession planning; business succession planning; family succession planning

Check out Taxmann's Business Succession Planning which explains the approach, strategy and execution of business succession planning. It does so through business continuity strategies, practical case studies and checklists. It also includes a five-step approach for succession planning.

1. Introduction

Typically, business owners consult with a variety of professionals in developing their succession plans — lawyers, accountants, bankers, financial planners, insurance advisors, merger and acquisition consultants and management consultants. Furthermore, quite often, these professionals find it difficult to proceed because the business has yet to make a number of personal decisions that will drive the planning process.

On that note, the diverse strategies involved in achieving efficient succession planning at the individual, family and business levels include:

      1. Strategic Planning
      2. Continuity Planning
      3. Human Resources Planning
      4. Financial Planning
      5. Estate Planning
      6. Exit Planning.

The process comprises five and three steps for family and business succession planning respectively. Each step involves an exploration of several key questions. They might be better visualized as points on a circle, each one connected to all of the others.

Five-step Approach towards Business Succession Planning

2. Five-step Approach towards Family Succession Planning

2.1 Vision

      • Do you have clarity over your passion, purpose and why?
      • Do you want to keep the business in the family?
      • Can you make the shift from “me” to “we”?
      • How do you want to spend your “golden” years?
      • Do you have the Retirement strategy in place?

2.2 Family Constitution

      • Do members of your family have a vision for their own lives?
      • Does the next generation wish to own and/or operate the business?
      • Do you have a written document describing the responsibilities & roles of family members
      • How will you frame bodies like family board or family council?
      • How would these bodies function?

2.3 Aligning the business & family strategies

      • Does the company’s strategic plan support the family’s vision and values?
      • Have you placed the Alignment of the Ownership with Family and management?
      • Is the business positioned for long-term viability and succession?
      • Could the business survive your untimely death or disability?

2.4 Identifying & Preparing successors and Leadership transition

      • Who will run the business?
      • Which family members will enter the business?
      • Who will you prepare for succession?
      • How will you prepare them?
      • How to Groom the successor?

2.5 Estate Planning

      • How will you ease the transition?
      • When will the change in ownership take place?
      • Who will own the business?
      • How can you leave your family and the business in the best possible financial shape?
      • What will be the Taxation on the transition?
      • What will be the best suitable structure for carrying out your business?

Three-step Approach towards Business Succession Planning

3. Three-step Approach towards Business Succession Planning

3.1 Vision

      •  Do you have clarity over your passion, purpose and why?
      • Are you clear about the direction you want internally within the organisation and where you want to head externally?
      • Can you make the shift from “me” to “we”?
      • How do you want to spend your “golden” years?
      • Do you have the Retirement strategy in place?

3.2 Identifying & Preparing Successors for Leadership

      • Who will run the business?
      • Do you want to hand over your business to someone known or sell your business to an outsider?
      • Who will you prepare for succession?
      • How will you prepare them?
      • How to Groom the successor?

3.3 Estate Planning

      • How will you ease the transition?
      • When will the change in ownership take place?
      • Who will own the business?
      • What will be the Taxation on the transition ?
      • What will be the best suitable structure for carrying out your business?

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