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Succession Plan Your Business

A recent article from SHRM discussed the importance of succession planning in maintaining organizational continuity during leadership transitions. Prudence Pitter, a global HR leader, highlights the significance of recognizing current talent and aligning it with future organizational needs. Despite its importance, a survey revealed that a significant portion of organizations lack formal succession plans due to various obstacles, including lack of time, resources, and executive buy-in.


Pitter identifies common roadblocks to succession planning, such as reluctance from outgoing leaders, concerns about immediate transitions, and failure to develop viable successors. She stresses HR's role in assessing bench strength, identifying and tracking potential leaders, and addressing skills gaps over a considerable period.


Crafting a successful succession plan involves aligning it with organizational goals, focusing on leadership development, and utilizing performance management processes effectively. Pitter suggests prioritizing key roles for succession planning and gathering data to secure buy-in from stakeholders. She emphasizes the importance of measuring performance outputs and visualizing successors to ensure the plan's effectiveness.


Ultimately, Pitter underscores the need for tailored succession plans specific to each organization's needs, cautioning against adopting a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, she advises learning from external case studies while customizing plans to maximize ownership and acceptance within the organization.

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