Succession Planning

Many organizations think that succession planning is simply about finding a replacement CEO when faced with a crisis or an eminent retirement. Effective succession planning is actually an alignment of an agency’s ongoing staff development with its strategic vision.

The purpose of succession planning is to:

  • Pursue the agency’s mission and goals as effectively as possible

  • Ensure ongoing stability by developing leadership strength behind its executive and key managers

  • Create the possibility for successors for the Executive Director or other key leaders

  • Offer the opportunity for top managers to emerge from the talent pool

Succession planning offers the opportunity to:

  • Develop and replace key leaders

  • Clarify key positions and the criteria required to fill them

  • Grow a talent pipeline for key positions

  • Accelerate leadership growth

  • Provide a value proposition to motivate and retain talent

  • Develop leadership success criteria and practices required to meet business strategies

Effective succession planning guides an organization to evaluate their current situation, identify the short and long term leadership needs as well as timeframes to accomplish the training required to support the process.

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