I recently started watching a program on HBO called Hard Knocks. The program is about the trials and tribulations of NFL training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the last episode, they discussed the every-changing depth chart.
Every NFL team has a depth chart. Most are listed on their team’s website including the New England Patriots here.
Every position on the team is critical and has a depth chart of at least three players plus a pool of reserve players in case of injury.
At the end of the last episode, the coaches were shown on a big board moving the magnetic names around. It got me thinking…if every corporate job is critical why don’t most companies have a depth chart? If their is no depth chart, is the position really that critical?
More posts on managing succession forthcoming…