How Can You Make Sure Your Transition will be Successful Long Term?

Business Transition Alliance

Business Transition Alliance

We know that business transition is the term used to describe when there is a change in the ownership of the business. There may be multiple reasons you find yourself amid a business transition: growing, exiting, or taking a step back from the business are all possibilities. But the truth is, every business owner will need to face a business transition process sooner or later. How can you make sure your transition will be successful long term?

1. Plan Ahead

Starting the conversation early is extremely important. Time is key when planning a transition and training another person for the role. When you can create an environment of trust and honesty, you will also create space for much better succession planning.

2. Communicate With Your Staff

A lot of times, transitions fail when there is a mishap in communication between staff. Taking the time to delegate the workload and explain all of the steps required to fulfill the job is crucial. Documenting these processes also makes it easier for business to continue as usual. On top of that, this will often foster more teamwork and collaboration as well which boosts morale as team members are committed to the success of the organization.

3. Be Transparent

Transparency is key. It is critical that your team feels heard and that their concerns are addressed. Communicating with enthusiasm also helps build internal confidence while going through the transitional period. Be honest, be open, and your team will most definitely want to work with you to ensure that your transition is successful.

4. Make Sure Your Replacement Can Take on the Responsibility

When it comes to business transition, everything comes down to handing over the company to someone who can take on the responsibility and has the mindset to continuously run your business toward success. Ensure that your replacement understands their role and give them time to interact and get to know your employees. If there are things they would like to change, discuss those changes, and make sure that they are prepared to communicate those to your team. Communication and transparency are key.

For more insights on this topic, check out a previous article of ours on How to Change Your Transition Approach for 7 key tips to keep in mind during a transition here. 

At Business Transition Alliance, we are committed to helping you and your company create a unique strategy to support your transition. Starting with our complimentary 17-Point Diagnostic™, we will work with you to identify the critical areas of business that you need to focus on to improve your company’s profitability and value.

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About BTA:

We are business owners and advisors that offer consulting services to entrepreneurs. Working hands-on, we help develop and implement effective strategies that increase business value, growth and profitability, to prepare for the future.


Contact us to learn how we can help your company.