Synopses & Reviews
Thoroughly revised to reflect the latest trends and best practices, the book presents strategies for identifying competencies, clarifying values, assessing current and future needs, and creating a complete, systematic succession planning program. The third edition also features all-new material reflecting the author's surveys on:
Whole system transformation - software support packages - tapping retirees to manage succession crises - the growing activism of boards in succession planning - and more
""If you're leading the succession planning charge in your company, you can find most anything you need to know in this book."" --Training magazine
""Rothwell, through his aggressive research and a systematic approach to succession planning, has developed a guide for today's leaders and HR managers on how to be prepared to deal with changes in key human capital."" -- Patrick E. Gerity, Ph.D., Executive Director, State System University Center for Southwest Pennsylvania
""This book is practical, readable, and highly useful to anyone seeking long-term solutions to the succession planning dilemma."" -- Stephen B. King, Ph.D., Executive Director, Leadership and Management Development, Management Concepts
""Dr. Rothwell brings the practices of succession planning into the fifth generation in this new book. Practitioners and others who are faced with planning and implementing state-of-the-art succession planning programs in organizations will find this to be a must-have resource."" -- David D. Dubois, Ph.D., President, DuBois & Associates, and author of Competency-Based Performance Improvement
""Rothwell brings succession planning into proper perspective for organizations. From an in-depth strategic viewpoint to an operational, applications-based approach, the author has captured and delivered a comprehensive approach to succession planning."" -- Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, Director, Management Development Institute, Eckerd College, affiliate of the Center for Creative Leadership
""This book equipped me with the skill set I needed to create and implement an effective succession plan for my organization. I found the activities and practical guides and tips extremely helpful for making my succession planning initiative a reality. This will make a huge difference in our ability to retain and develop our employees."" -- Marsha King, Ph.D., Senior Management Development Consultant, Capital One Financial
HR Professional: ""...a valuable resource."""
"In the seminal first edition of Effective Succession Planning, William J. Rothwell warned that businesses that don't take proactive steps to plan for future talent needs at all levels will face certain disruptions, and even disasters, when key employees retire or are lured away by competitors.
Since then, the landscape has become even more complicated. Many organizations have already felt the effects of an aging workforce as increasing numbers of experienced employees retire, taking with them not only the capacity to do the work but also the accumulated wisdom they have acquired over the years. This serious loss of valuable institutional memory has made it apparent that no organization can afford to be without a strong succession program.
Now in its third edition, Effective Succession Planning is still the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the subject. Updated and expanded to reflect the latest trends and best practices in succession management, the book presents strategies for creating a complete, systematic succession planning program. You'll learn how to:
* Identify competencies and clarify values for both planning and managing a succession program.
* Plan for and quickly fill crucial vacancies at all levels from top management to sales, administrative, technical, and production positions.
* Develop and retain top talent, building and preserving your organization's intellectual capital.
* Assess current needs and future resources for seamless succession planning.
* Use online and other technology tools to organize and implement succession planning and management programs.
This edition includes all-new material reflecting the author’s surveys on whole systems transformation; software support packages; tapping retirees to manage succession crises; and more. The book also features a new diagnostic tool to assess specific succession needs, plus illuminating case studies and a CD-ROM with worksheets, assessment tools, and training guides -- everything your organization needs to create, sustain, and evaluate a strong succession planning program."
About the Author
William J. Rothwell is Professor in Charge of Workforce Education and Development on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University, and an internationally respected authority on human resources issues. He is also president of Rothwell & Associates, Inc., a private consulting firm that specializes in all facets of succession planning, management, and related human resources issues. Well known for his extensive and high-profile work in succession management, he is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world. He is the author of Beyond Training and Development, The Workplace Learner, and dozens of other books. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
"List of Exhibits
Preface to the Third Edition
Advance Organizer for This Book
Part I Background Information about Succession Planning and Management
1. What Is Succession Planning and Management?
2. Trends Influencing Succession Planning and Management
3. The Need for a Newer Approach
4. Competency Identification and Values Clarification: Keys to Succession
Planning and Management
Part II Laying the Foundation for a Succession Planning and Management Program
5. Making the Case for Change
6. Starting Up a Systematic Program
7. Refining the Program
Part III Assessing the Present and the Future
8. Assessing Present Work Requirements and Individual Job Performance
9. Assessing Future Work Requirements and Individual Potential
Part IV Closing the ""Developmental Gap"": Operating and Evaluating a Succession
Planning and Management Program
10. Developing Internal Successors
11. Assessing Alternatives to Internal Development
12. Applying Online and High-Tech Approaches
13. Evaluating Succession Planning and Management Programs
14. Predictions for the Future of Succession Planning and Management
Appendix I: Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) about Succession Planning and Management
Appendix II: Case Studies on Succession Planning and Management
About the Author
What’s On the CD?