“Knowledge and skills in a highly-specialized area can only be passed on by one generation to the next by working together on projects. (Mary Jane Augustine, Boomer, law firm partner)
The founder of the organization resisted letting go, passing power to a successor, and accepting a new role. In their homework for a retreat, I had him and a few of the most senior partners write about and begin to design their desired legacy so that their contributions would be made clear and they had something to look forward to in their new roles. Through a planned process, the transitions came to pass—peacefully—and several years later the founder is in altered but highly respected roles.