Putting “Success” into “Succession Planning” – 10 Important Steps

We’re well aware that shifting demographics will result in significant numbers of experienced people leaving the workforce in the near future.  We’ve all heard that talent will be a key differentiator between successful and unsuccessful organizations.  We understand that succession planning is important.  So why are so many organizations failing in their succession planning efforts?  […]

How To Avoid Headaches Associated With a Poor Hiring Decision

Recent studies show that a poor hiring decision can cost up to four times an employee’s annual salary and benefits.  It’s not only the cost of hiring and training, but the risk of lost customers, missed opportunities, disenfranchised staff and damage to your brand image.  Given the high stakes involved, one would assume that organizations […]

Identifying High Potential

How do you spot potential?  What differentiates a high potential employee from one who has reached a career plateau?  Many organizations fall into the trap of relying on past performance as a measure of future potential.  Current and past performance may be an indicator of potential, but the two are not synonymous.   In fact, according […]

Strategic Workforce Planning

In my consulting practice, I am often asked what it takes to develop an effective strategic workforce plan.  Strategic workforce planning is a complex task, and many organizations engage in workforce planning that is more ‘operational’ than it is ‘strategic’. So what’s the difference anyway?  Operational workforce planning is focused on specific headcount and staffing […]

Setting New Leaders Up to Succeed

The transition from Individual Contributor to Leader can prove challenging.  Often times, new leaders are promoted based on their technical expertise and the fact that they are high performing individuals.  Technical expertise and experience can provide a solid frame of reference, but newly promoted managers often lack the soft skills that prove crucial to leading […]