Succession planning is needed in every pursuit

No matter the medium you’re talking about, if you want something to stay relevant you need to have some sort of plan in place for a succession plan. This can relate to your own career, a business, a sporting organisation or any kind of institution.

A good example of a sporting organisation that has not had particularly successful succession planning, is the Canberra Raiders Rugby League Club, that takes part in the Telstra Premiership, run by the National Rugby League every year in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2018 it will be twenty-four years since the Canberra Raiders have gone all the way to win the premiership trophy. The last time they did so was in the 1994 decider against the Balmain Tigers, a match that is still considered by many to be the greatest Grand Final played in the history of the competition. It was the first decider to go in extra time, and after somehow escaping with a miraculous victory, Canberra was the first team outside of Sydney to win the title.

Since then, the Canberra Raiders have achieved only minor success. They have been yet to win another title, and have missed out on the finals series more times than they have been involved.

The closest the side came to any success was in 2016, when they fell one game short of the big one in a heartbreaking loss to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI park on a cold September night. The team came from the clouds in that campaign winning ten games in a row to become the most threatening side they had been in over a decade, and also the fan favourite of the season.

Unfortunately they weren’t able to reach the lofty heights the following year, and failed to even make the finals series, crashing out with barely a whimper. Hopefully in 2018, with strong succession planning, they can return to their glory days and challenge for the title.