Wayne Bennett and Management Succession Planning
Many of you who know me well, know I am a fan of the St George Illawarra Dragons and recently we saw a transition from undoubtedly the best Rugby League coach to his assistant Steve Price. Price, who was recommended for the job by Bennett, said the opportunity to coach in the NRL after a 10-year apprenticeship as an assistant was the realisation of a long-held dream. “I’ve always had aspirations to be an NRL coach and I’m very grateful and honoured to be given this opportunity,” Price said.”But my post doesn’t start till November 1, the big fella’s driving the bus, I’m just the little bloke sitting next to him for the time being and we’ve got a job to do this year.”
Interestingly, this transition has been announced seven months before the transition and more importantly Price has been groomed for the role and worked closely beside Bennett for three years – how successful will the new coach be – only time will tell – what is clear is that the successful transition has been managed effectively and communicated clearly.