Post-Rio succession planning

Posted by in Elite Performance, Management, Stewart King

The action in Rio isn’t just on the field of play – succession planning will be on the lips of all senior stakeholders.

Stewart King, SRi Senior Consultant in Elite Performance, is the latest selection announced for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

However, Stewart won’t be setting records on his bike or in a rowing boat; he will be sitting down with administrators from all over the world to discuss a vitally important facet of the Olympics – succession planning.

The performance of the athletes in Rio will rightly take centre stage in August, but the groundwork for those performances can be traced directly back to the boardroom of forward-thinking administrators.

In sport, there is no time to rest on your laurels as the countdown to the next major event continues to tick away. By the time the Olympic flame is lit in the Maracana, Tokyo 2020’s opening ceremony will be under four years away. The traditional movement of key staff that follows the conclusion of an Olympic cycle will no doubt occur again after the closing ceremony in Brazil, and sports governing bodies can ill afford to waste any of their preparation time to get new senior teams in place.

Just last week SRi’s Head of Elite Performance, Alistair Milner, wrote in a blog for the SRi website about how the most successful sports governing bodies have a clear succession plan in place to ensure seamless continuation of elite performance.

It’s these pressing issues that Stewart will travel to Rio to discuss at length with senior figures who are looking to ensure they don’t fall behind their rivals in the race to Tokyo.

It takes nearly 100 days to fill a senior vacancy in elite sport. In a world where medals are won and lost by a thousandth of a second, how many sports can afford to spend nearly 10 per cent of the time between now and Tokyo without the right team in place?

Following the Rio Olympics, Stewart will issue a comprehensive round-up of his elite performance observations from the Games.

If you are going to be in Rio and you’d like to organise a meeting with Stewart, please click here.