Thanks to the Sherman’s I have a phrase that I use a lot for work: ‘the bus number’. As in, if you were hit by a bus, how many other people would be able to get at the information you had? The closer this number is to 0, the worse it is.
They spoke about sustainable team and knowledge management.
When you’re thinking about some form of responsibility, think:
For departments and stakeholders you deal with:
Know how to delay, transition, reassign work and what to do with unplanned situations
Keep bus number high for every person – info should be visible to all team members
Don’t ask 5 year question, ask 5 year journey to today and tasks for 6 months
Long view – future impact, responsibilities that will challenge me
There are always gaps – when you leave, leave behind a person shaped hole not a skills shaped one.