Practical Succession Management: How to Future-Proof Your Organisation
'Practical Succession Management provides a realistic appraisal of the challenges Chairmen and CEOs face in securing the ongoing success of their business. It cannot and does not provide a universal solution - what it does do is provide significant help in identifying and implementing the strategies required to ensure the leadership pipeline is sufficiently strong and robust for when the need arises.' - Philip Williamson, Chief Executive, Nationwide Building Society 'This is a well written book with many practical examples and case studies. It would be useful for any company wanting to implement succession planning.' - Personnel Today 'The presentation of the material is excellent.' - Economic Outlook and Business Review 'At CEO and director level, this book is a mine of invaluable guidence. Additionally, for those in HRM with the responsibility for supporting the design and implementation of succession activity, the book will be invaluable, not least because it incorporates a series of templates, protocols and checklists which can be adapted and customised according to the distinctive requirements of their organisation.' - Business Executive 'How refreshing-a book that takes seriously the issues of succession and does exactly what it sets out to do. It takes people issues seriously and contains an excellent blend of research, references and intelligent observation. it is an excellent guide and a comprehensive manual.' - Supply Management 'A great book packed with case studies and practical advice for CEOs, Board Members, HR directors and all who are interested in the acquisition, growth and retention of talent. Andrew Munro presents some bold suggestions and challenges the reader to really think about the key outcomes being sought from succession management. He offers some good suggestions to get you to reframe your thoughts and avoids 'spoon feeding' the reader which is always welcome!.' - Duncan Armitage, Coach / Consultant 'An excellent book for the business leader or HR practitioner who want to create a coherent and practical succession framework to support their business goals. Rooted in the reality of managing a business in today's environment and supported by sound research this book provides an excellent overview of the broader challenges of creating an appropriate succession strategy through to the "nuts and bolts" of designing a scheme and effective implementation. Helpful, pragmatic discussion illustrated by contempory case studies, "do's and don't's" and clear models help create a rich and valuable reference source on what can be a difficult but crucial process for any organization who need to plan the future health of their organizations.' - Mike Dunlop, HR Director UK, Ireland and Northern Europe, Sun Microsystems Ltd 'If, like me, you are too busy fighting today's organisational battles to consider those that lie ahead, then you will find the perspective of this book very useful. Succession Planning offers a powerful lens on the future capability of our organisations - Andrew Munro considers why we rarely use it and why we should. He offers a recipe for a Succession Planning model and a means of implementing it. He is clear, that this is not something that the CEO can leave to chance, or leave to others! 'Andrew Munro recounts the advice of Dwight D. Eisenhower who felt that "... battle plans are generally useless but planning is indispensable." In other words, the battle often turns out differently to that which is foreseen, but the process of planning ensures that the right generals are able to cope beyond the boundaries of the foreseen. 'If you care about the future capability of your organisation then I commend this book to you...' - Norman Bettison, CEO Centrex 'Munro gives a strong evaluation of relevant research to provide tools and techniques to guide readers.' - Supply Management, Andrew Munro (MA, C. Psychol) started his career with SHL, the psychometric testing consultants, then moved into financial services, where his responsibilities included executive development and succession planning. In 1993 he co-founded Andrew Munro Ltd, a consultancy specialising in leadership assessment and development and strategic resourcing. He is also a Director of Azure Consulting International Ltd whose focus is the link between long-term organisational success, succession management and leadership character.
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