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Ruling Roulette

Are you gambling with the future of your company? Why staff rotation is risky business

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This story appears in the August 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In volleyball, every person on the team has a chance to play the net, serve and assist. People are continuously rotating so no one dominates any position. Players learn to work together as a team.

Does the volleyball rotation analogy make sense for the leadership of businesses? Does it promote teamwork to change leaders every few years? Does it pay tribute to brothers and sisters, cousins, even husband and wife--all of whom are valuable to the success of the family firm--to give them a shot at being president?

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