Implementing an Effective Succession Plan

  • 6
  • December 2023
  • 10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST
Duration 60 Mins
Webinar ID IQW23E0510
Level Basic & Intermediate

Succession Plan Defined

  • A deliberate, systematic process of anticipating the need for talent and ensuring that the necessary employee competencies and experience are available when needed.
  • A strategic approach for avoiding an undersupply of talent, enhancing the organization’s current talent pool and meeting the organization’s future needs.

Objectives and  Benefits of Succession Planning

  • Sustain the business through a systematic effort to ensure leadership continuity in key positions
  • Attract, retain & develop high potentials [HiPos]
  • Encourage HiPos development by:
         - Identifying career paths.
         - Conducting performance appraisals.
         - Providing daily coaching.
         - Creating Individualized Development Plans [IDPs].
         - Holding Talent Review meetings

Overview of the webinar

Fortune 500 companies and small family businesses alike share a business need - insuring that they have the talent necessary to effectively lead their organizations in the future. One of the most significant contributions a leader can make is insuring his/her business’ continuity and sustainability - by having employees who are willing and capable of filling each key position with a plan for doing so when the need arises.  

Succession Planning is a:

  • Deliberate, systematic process of anticipating the need for talent and ensuring that the necessary employee competencies and experience are available when needed in the future.
  • A strategic approach for avoiding an undersupply of talent, enhancing the organization’s current talent pool and meeting its future needs.

Not having a Succession Plan can be costly and sometimes disastrous; it’s expensive to recruit, interview, select, on-board and train a new leader and significant opportunity costs are incurred when a key job is not being performed.


Who should attend?

  • HR Professionals New to the Field - seeking a comprehensive view of the subject with multiple application initiatives
  • Experienced HR Professionals - seeking a refresher
  • Leaders and Managers - interested in understanding both how a Succession Plan benefits an organization and how to implement one

Why should you attend?

The primary objectives for and deliverables from a Succession Planning program are to:

  • Sustain the business through a deliberate and systematic effort to anticipate and ensure leadership continuity in key positions
  • Retain and develop the organization's high potentials [HiPos]
  • Encourage individual development by:

               - Identifying career paths

               - Conducting formal performance appraisals

               -  Providing daily coaching

                - Creating Individualized Development Plans [IDPs]

During Succession Planning Programs:

At the macro level the organization is proactively determining:

  • The talent needed in the future
  • The talent it has now
  • Where there are talent gaps
  • The initiatives necessary to close those gaps


At the micro level the organization is addressing - for each of its key positions - questions such as:

  • What the organization would do if it had to fill the position tomorrow.
  • Whether there is, at least, one successor who could immediately perform the duties of the position.
  • If there is no successor ready now, what will need to be done to enable the best internal candidate to be ready and when can he/she be ready.
  • Can the organization afford to wait or would it be better to recruit a successor, etc.

Experience has found the following two processes to be very effective in enabling organizations to have the talent they need, when it’s needed:

  • Evaluate its employees’ current performance – based on documented, objective performance and achievements
  • Assess its employees’ advancement potential
  • Determine its employees’ current readiness for advancement
  • Obtain from its employees self appraisals identifying their developmental needs and preferred career plans
  • Meet its bench strength needs by initiating Individual Development Plans and experiences - at least, for its A Players and/or High Potentials - such as:


    • Special or stretch projects.
    • Assignments in other depts./job rotations.
    • ‘Try-out/popcorn stand’ slots.
    • Mentors.
    • Formal training and development initiatives.
    • Fast track programs with exposure to other functions.
    • Intense coaching, etc.
  • Track their A Players’ and High Potentials’ performance and advancement potential against a Performance-Potential Grid.

Talent Review Meetings – during which the executive team in a disciplined fashion:

  • Asks each leader to report on the status of the Individual Development Plans for each of their A Players and High Potentials.
  • Insure that each A Player and High Potential is receiving regular coaching and is actively involved in opportunities that will help retain them while accelerating their development.
  • Drives the organization past ‘business as usual’ by insuring that its future needs for human capital are identified and will be satisfied when the time arrives – as it will.

Succession Planning initiatives also increase the levels of engagement and performance of your A Players and High Potentials – the talent your organization will most need in the future. 



Faculty - Mr.Pete Tosh

Pete Tosh is the Founder of The Focus Group, a management consulting and training firm that assists organizations in sustaining profitable growth through four core disciplines:

  • Maximizing Leadership Effectiveness
  • Implementing Strategic HR Initiatives
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enhancing Customer Loyalty

The Focus Group has provided these consulting & training services to manufacturing & service organizations across the U.S., Canada, Europe & the Middle East. Prior to founding The Focus Group 25 years ago, Pete had 15 years of corporate leadership experience including serving as the V.P. of Human Resources & Quality

Pete frequently facilitates a variety of leadership development programs. Employees from over 3,500 organizations have benefited from Pete’s experience and perspective. Pete is also co-author of Leading Your Organization to the Next Level: The Core Disciplines of Sustained Profitable Growth.

Pete holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Emory and Henry College & Masters's degree in both Business Administration & Industrial Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.


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