“Brain drain” is caused by either inadequate information-sharing processes or a preoccupation with short-term crises, resulting in failure to invest time on succession planning within the team. The team will have difficulty reaching self-sufficiency because its growth will be stunted and it will never achieve the performing stage of its life cycle. Planning for succession is another essential leadership function that anticipates required growth and development on teams to ensure their longevity and resiliency. A team succession plan is a powerful tool to keep a team grounded as members learn to work more productively to synchronize their knowledge, skills, and abilities as a cohesive unit. “Brain drain” occurs when individual knowledge is not fully developed or transferred within the team. A team succession plan is an important document that can help manage the team knowledge transfer process and avoid team “brain drain.”.