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Develop Leaders with Succession Planning

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Develop Leaders with Succession Planning

  1. 1. Executive SummaryDevelop Leaders with Succession PlanningDeveloping leaders is a top organizational development priority for every company.Effectively managing knowledge capital is especially important in highly competitiveindustries. Understanding and deploying a succession management strategy is anexcellent way to manage your department, groom future leaders, and mitigate risk.Use Demand Metrics downloadable Succession Management Matrix tool to identifyand develop the future leaders of your organization.What is Succession Planning?Succession Planning is the process of identifying and preparing suitable employees,through mentoring, training and job rotation, to replace key players within anorganization. From a risk management perspective, provisions are made in case nosuitable internal candidates are available to replace the loss of any key person.5 Levels of Employee Performance: • Star Performer - this is the company prototype: very high performance and very high potential to be a leader. Stars always get their work done on time, operate at least one level higher than their current role, have influence outside of their department, and are acknowledged as a role model in their position. • Strong Performer - these employees are very reliable and generally get all of their assigned work completed on time. Viewed as leaders, strong performers would be stars if their performance was consistently high, or if they had more potential. • Solid Performer - generally, solid performers are dependable to reach their goals, but lack the raw talent to be effective leaders. The best strategy for this group of employees is to continue skill development to increase performance. • Questionable Performers - questionable performers are having difficulty excelling for one reason or another. Typically, they are capable of performing at a higher level, but may be in the wrong position. Consider a lateral move here. • Low Performers - every organization has a few low performers. If potential and performance are low, look at exit options. If performance is low but potential is medium or high, consider a reassignment of duties. © 2009 Demand Metric Research Corporation
  2. 2. Executive SummaryAction Plan: 1. Understand Succession Management - use our downloadable Succession Management Matrix to get a better understanding of your employees performance and potential. 2. Determine Vulnerabilities - evaluate your department from the perspective that you could lose any employee at any time. Staff members who are very critical to your organization need to either document their knowledge, or mentor the person who is likely to be next in line for their job. 3. Evaluate your Department - use the Succession Management Matrix to evaluate the level of performance and leadership potential within your department. The goal is to have no Questionable or Low performers. 4. Develop Staffing Plans - be honest with your staff about their potential in your organization. Spend more time with higher potential staff, and be clear that expectations are higher for those with high potential. 5. Create Succession Plans - strategies such as job rotation, mentoring, and cross training, are effective methods for establishing a basic succession plan. Focus on key executives who may leave in the next 18 months, and communicate this as an opportunity for internal promotion.Bottom-Line:Employees leave organizations for a variety of reasons. Dont be left holding the bagwhen a key member of your staff gives notice; use succession planning to effectivelydevelop your staff and groom future leaders. © 2009 Demand Metric Research Corporation

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