Succession planning articles & resources
Discover what you need to do to create the talent pools your organization needs for its ongoing success.
Review a comprehensive checklist of all the characteristics of a truly effective succession plan.
Learn how to conduct a talent review and use a 9-box grid to develop your organization's talent pipeline.
Learn the importance of succession management and looking beyond your “star performers” for succession development.
Read more than 31 posts on the topic of succession planning, and learn what other organizations, industry thought-leaders and HR pros are saying.
Take our complimentary assessment and compare your company's succession effectiveness against best-in-class programs.
Understand the difference between a succession plan and a replacement plan and the vital need for both.
Read what the HR experts who took part in our Raging debates in HR panel had to say.
Learn how a replacement plan differs from a succession plan, and why developing talent pools is important.
Get guidance on how to create new management and leadership roles in the organization and develop employees to fill them.
Ditch your old succession planning templates. Learn 12 steps to a better succession plan.
Get practical advice you can share with managers to enlist their help in building your organization's bench strength.
Succession planning white papers
Succession planning expert, Dr. William J. Rothwell lays out the 10 key steps to effective succession planning as well as the 5 common mistakes made by organizations.
In this HCI white paper, Frank Horvath, Principle Consultant at The Newman Group shares practical and effective ways organization can minimize the impact of the impending talent shortfall
Succession planning webinars
Hear why ~70% of succession planning programs fail in the long term and how you can set up a program that avoids the common pitfalls.
This webcast covers research on the market drivers of succession planning, and how progressive organizations are leveraging talent pools for comprehensive talent development and performance management.
The team from Fistful of Talent give a quick, street smart presentation on how to bootstrap a talent review and get started with succession planning.
Charles Elvin from the Institute of Leadership & Management explores why investing in leadership development can make all the difference, and how to develop a leadership and management talent pipeline.
Succession planning success stories
By calibrating employee evaluations so they help develop organizational competencies, and by focusing on these rather than simply relying on past performance and technical skills when promoting employees, SNC-Lavalin Profac ensures team members are better positioned for success.
After automating their performance appraisals, Convenience Food Services (CFS) saw an increase in requests for training, coaching and discussions around development and career paths. Now they can easily and effectively leverage employee performance data to make succession decisions across the entire organization.
Learn how PEMCO Mutual built a deeper reservoir of talent, improved retention and boosted engagement by investing in employee development and succession planning.
At CarVal Investors, they’re using performance appraisal outputs to guide the calibration conversations they have about employee performance and potential. They’ve also developed career ladders specific to different job families and levels within the organization, to prepare employees for career progression.
King’s Daughters Medical Center realized the need to strategically prepare the hospital for the future with succession planning — not just to determine the next leaders, but to identify those staff who they may wish to put into specialty areas.
Other succession planning resources
Part of the SHRM Foundation Effective Practice Guidelines series, this guide explores the difference between succession planning and replacement planning and how you can maximize leadership talent in your organization.
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