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June 2007      
Topics of Trust, Leadership & Legacy

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On Succession Planning, Warren Buffett Is No Donald Trump

Poor Warren Buffett. Here is a man who has had a long and exceptional career that’s certainly not been all about the money. But as he comes to terms with his mortality and thinks about a successor at Berkshire Hathaway, he's been taken to task for planning a competition of sorts to name his successor. In a recent New York Times column partially titled "The Apprentice: Omaha Edition," Buffett was even accused of having Donald Trump-like tendencies.

>>>Read the rest of my post On Succession Planning, Warren Buffett Is No Donald Trump and submit your feedback on Harvard Business Online.

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You might be your company’s biggest rainmaker. You might be a brilliant strategist. You might be hitting and exceeding performance goals for your unit, your division, your company – every quarter.

But if you jumped ship or disappeared today, what would you leave behind?

What would the people you’ve worked with do differently because they worked with you? What would they think about differently? Would they emulate your behaviors in any way? Or would they be saying “I’m never going to do that/be that/act that way?”

The way that people think, behave, approach work and life as a result of having worked with you – is your leadership legacy. And it has very little to do with your abilities, your measurable performance, your strategic savvy. It has everything to do with who you are, as a person, at work. It has everything to do with your natural role, (as opposed to your title and responsibilities).

Although natural tendencies can be slightly influenced and accentuated, your goal should be to align your intended legacies as closely with your natural style as possible.

The Leadership Legacy Assessment Test will help you articulate your natural role with clarity, as distinct from your career path, current position, or the current condition of your company. It will help you sort out the distinctions between your roles and titles, and identify where you get the greatest satisfaction and where your strengths lie. Ultimately, it gives you something to think about as you plan the kind of legacy you want to leave.

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- Rob Galford and Regina Maruca -

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