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  The definitive guide to a timely and timeless topic— now fully revised and updated.

As baby boomers continue to retire en masse from executive suites, managerial offices, and specialized or technical jobs, the question is—who will take their places? This loss of valuable institutional memory has made it apparent that no organization can afford to be without a strong succession program. Now in its fourth edition, Effective Succession Planning provides the tools organizations need to establish, revitalize, or revise their own succession planning and management (SP&M) programs.

The book has been fully updated to address challenges brought on by sea changes such as globalization, recession, technology, and the aftereffects of the terror attacks. It features new sections on identifying and assessing competencies and future needs; management vs. technical succession planning; and ethics and conduct; and new chapters on integrating recruitment and retention strategies with succession planning programs.

This edition incorporates the results of two extensive new surveys, and includes a Quick Start guide to help begin immediate implementation as well as a CD-ROM packed with assessments, checklists, customizable guides, and other practical tools.

Book Review

"For several years, C-Suite executives have named recruiting and retaining talent as their number one issue.  It totally makes sense.  Being able to find the right people at the right time is critical for business success.

But identifying talent doesn’t always mean recruiting someone from the outside.  It also means identifying key individuals within the organization who can immediately fill openings when they occur.  As well as developing individuals to assume roles within the company.

In the book Effective Succession Planning, Author William J. Rothwell takes us through the steps of “ensuring leadership continuity and building talent from within.”  The book delivers on its promise.  This is an incredibly detailed resource for designing succession and replacement plans, along with the accompanying individual development plans.

The book includes a CD-ROM with ready to use worksheets, assessment tools and training guides.  It really is a comprehensive guide to creating talent plans.

That being said, I would suggest this isn’t a book to read while lounging on a pool deck with a pina colada.  It’s a go-to reference resource.  Something every HR pro who is responsible for succession planning should have on the bookshelf." -- Book Reviewed by Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR

Additional Info

Name Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within, 4th Edition
SKU 48.14508-4
Year published 2010
Page count 450
Publisher Amacom
ISBN 9780814414163
Author William J. Rothwell
Format Hardback


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