Linkage Inc.'s Best Practices for Succession Planning: Case Studies, Research, Models, Tools

  • 3h 27m
  • Mark R. Sobol, Phil Harkins, Terence Conley
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2007

Identifying and developing top talent are essential elements for any organization's long term success. However, putting in place an effective succession planning system can be a daunting process for many organizations.

Linkage's Best Practices for Succession Planning offers the case studies, strategies, and proven tools needed to create a solid succession plan that will enable organizations to examine leadership competencies and determine the steps needed to close leadership gaps. The book contains best practices and profiles what leading organizations—Bright Horizons, CIGNA, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Purina, and Unilever—are doing to plan for succession and develop talent. Linkage's Best Practices for Succession Planning also includes a new methodology for succession planning, strategies for leadership progression and development, innovative tools, and a comprehensive resource guide.

Linkage's Best Practices for Succession Planning offers practical guidance based on Linkage's vast resources and helps organizations to

  • Identify, develop, and retain top talent
  • Assess future roles
  • Integrate succession planning with other business and HR models within the organization
  • Analyze bench strength
  • Design the system
  • Implement the plan
  • Measure results

Written for chief human resource executives, heads of leadership development programs, human resource professionals, and consultants, Linkage's Best Practices for Succession Planning provides a flexible toolkit that can be adapted to the needs of any organization, whether their needs are small or large.

About the Authors

Mark R. Sobol is the founding principal of Leadership Strategies International, Inc. and is part of A4SL Coaching and Consulting.

Phil Harkins is president, CEO, and chairman of the board of directors of Linkage, Inc., the company that he founded in 1988.

Terence Conley is executive vice president of human resources and corporate services for Cendant Corporation.

In this Book

  • A New Methodology—Succession, Progression, and Development
  • Seven-Step Program to Maximize Your Succession Planning System
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions—Case Study
  • CIGNA—Case Study
  • Alliedsignal—Case Study
  • Lockheed Martin—Case Study
  • Merrill Lynch—Case Study
  • Ralston Purina Petcare Company's Customer Development Group—Case Study
  • Unilever—Case Study
  • Introduction to the Toolkit
  • Assessment Tools
  • Development Tools
  • Evaluation Tools—The Measure and Learn Phase
  • Resources