Summary of Effective Succession Planning

Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within

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Effective Succession Planning book summary
Don’t wait until your leaders leave to think about how you’ll replace them.


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In exhaustive detail William J. Rothwell shows you the hows and whys of succession planning and management in this second edition of his landmark book. Given the general corporate predilection for systems and bureaucracies, top executives and managers of both large and small businesses will revel in the way Rothwell lays out his well-researched plan. His ample how-to lists and charts can be adapted to fit almost any industry. Despite the author’s scholarly credentials and depth of information, his writing is not academic. recommends this book to executives and managers, particularly if your company doesn’t already have a succession plan.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why creating a clear plan for executive succession is critical to any business
  • The essential elements of an effective succession plan
  • Methods for cultivating and recruiting executive talent


Succession Planning and Management
Businesses have always needed some form of succession planning. After all, no one lives forever, or heads a company or a division forever. Now more than ever, succession planning is a must. Because rapid turnover has become a way of life in corporate ...
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About the Author

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., is professor of human resources development at Pennsylvania State University and director of Penn State’s Institute for Research in Training and Development. The former assistant vice president and management development director for The Franklin Insurance Company, he is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books, including Beyond Training and Development, Strategic Human Resource Leader and The Action Learning Guidebook.

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