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Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent From Within Hardcover – January 11, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0814470800 ISBN-10: 0814470807 Edition: 2nd
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If you're looking for a quick, easy, and fun guide to constantly cultivating from within your organization the talent to move up and fill positions left behind by others, don't look here. Written by a human resources expert who teaches at Penn State, Effective Succession Planning must surely be one of the driest books ever written on this topic, from its aggressively unsexy title and jacket to its college-textbook format and arsenal of supplementary checklists, flowcharts, and exercises.

Having said that, it's also probably one of the most thorough books on the topic (and a fine complement to The Leadership Pipeline), incorporating methodical and meticulous guidelines to preparing for and quickly filling crucial vacancies at all levels of the organization, from top management to sales, administrative, technical, and production positions. Not only does it lay out a plan for instituting a long-term succession planning program that includes everything from early action steps to ongoing evaluation and revision, it also shows how to develop, monitor, and evaluate talent and skills in individual employees in order to promote effectively from within (although it acknowledges that sometimes the best choices come from outside, and offers key steps for optimizing the outside-search process as well).

Everything is covered here, from the legal implications of hiring and firing and online and high-tech resources to major trends that will affect succession planning in the years ahead. And, thank god, the author has incorporated some case studies--both fictional/composite and those of several large real-life companies--to add some names and faces to a volume that's about as dry as the Sahara, and (for human-resource professionals, at least) potentially as welcome as a fresh supply of water if you happened to be stuck in such a place. --Timothy Murphy

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 2nd edition (January 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814470807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814470800
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,088,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR (1951-present) was born in Springfield, IL. His website is www.rothwell-associates.com, and you can see his videos on YouTube by searching on YouTube for WilliamJRothwell. He is currently a professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus and is also President of Rothwell & Associates, Inc, a consulting firm. He is a frequent conference keynote speaker and seminar presenter. His wife is Marcelina V. Rothwell, President of Greenhills Village Retirement and Assisted Living Residence in State College, PA (see http://www.greenhillsvillage.com/). His daughter is Candice S. Rothwell and his son his Froilan Perucho. Reach William at wjr9@psu.edu.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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. We from getAbstract recommend this book to executives and managers, particularly if your company doesn't already have a succession plan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura, EVP on August 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rothwell provides not only an excellent review of the current literature but countless worksheets for practice. If you are interested in succession planning issues this book is a must. I would also recommend "The Leadership Pipeline" by Charan, Drotter, & Noel. And buy a copy of "Strategic Organizational Learning" by Beitler. Beitler has several free articles on his website "[...]" that are also helpful.

Laura Taylor
Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Brodnicki on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The need for succession planning is reaching crisis proportions, yet few organizations are willing to face the crisis and do something about it.

There's nothing magic here---just a realistic, comprehensvie, flexible approach to get the job done. The strenghts in this book:

- Finding the right devleopmental activity for the right level of management

- Design, gain support, and implement, and maintain your succession process.

- Lots of extras, including assessments and a plan to devleop a mentoring program.

A great value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Kimber on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Rothwell's book is one of the more comprehensive and well researched books covering this growing topic. It includes a wealth of information following all of the major steps of the Succession Planning process. The book contains useful worksheets and task process flows that allow a reader to rapidly introduce the core concepts into their organisation. A great resource.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Saevig on April 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I concur with Mr. Dell of Boston, although the exigencies of contemporary business publishing make errors of that nature all but inevitable due to revision schedules, quick-to-market requirements and even the sheer number of editorial and advisory hands a book like this one goes through. Beyond that, Dr. Rothwell's classic is particularly useful to someone like me involved with multiple but related and sometimes parallel industries. My library contains a number of texts of this nature and subject, and my utilization is often differential in focus, with Rothwell being the standard in most situations. I appreciate the pragmatism of his examples and his insights, both objective and subjective. He knows the value of intuition, as simply another rational decision-making mechanism, despite widespread discounting and even suspicion. Recommended.
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By Lean Hock Dr. on September 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Given the importance of this topic especially for senior management, I have been researching about it for some time. I found this Succession Planning book by Dr. Rothwell book to be comprehensive, up-to-date and practical. I found the CD to be a very useful addition to this book. I started to apply some key concepts from this book such as Technical Succession Planning, Social Network Succession Planning , the CEO's Role in Succession Planning and The Managers Daily Role and it has brought tremendous benefit to my organisation. I would highly recommend this book to professional who are serious about enabling successful succession planning programs.
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By trinibaby1978 on April 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a nurse in masters leadership and management program. I found this book, at the time having only read a few pages I have found that it has and will serve as a bible for me. Nurse leadership not only lacks diversity but it also fails to put succession planning in place to ensure that excellence in nurse leadership is maintained. Hopefully with the evidence in this book I will be able to support my theory that in the future planning for leadership positions is imperative. Good reading
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By avid reader on June 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to help with my transition to a director's position at a nonprofit organization. It contains very useful and concrete ideas, in addition to case studies from different organizational types (i.e., an example of succession in public agency, a non-profit organization, etc.). I would definitely suggest this book for anyone thinking of systematizing succession.
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