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Succession: Are You Ready? Hardcover – February 10, 2009
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To help you answer that question, he focuses like a laser on what may easily be the most challenging aspect of the process: the HUMAN side of leadership succession. While readily admitting that there are several books that can deal with the other technical issues, he forges ahead with powerful metaphors and stories that reveal the extreme importance of correctly handling the BEHAVIORAL challenges in leadership succession. How do you get yourself emotionally ready for moving on? How do you identify the right leaders to pass the baton to? How do you coach those leaders, and provide them with the best and most empowering tools for changing behavior? Ultimately, how do you "pass the baton?"
All these questions and more are handled in a way that reveals the unique insight Dr. Goldsmith possesses regarding the leadership challenges at the very top ... this time, not from the point of view of trying to BECOME the leader, but from the point of view of trying to replace yourself if YOU are the current, successful leader.
I love the analogy of Spock (the logical vulcan), which he uses to represent what this book is NOT about. (Dry, logical, statistical analysis). Perhaps even more, I love the analogy of PASSING THE BATON, which paints a truly powerful picture of what Succession is all about.Read more ›
I thought that Goldsmith did a wonderful job in breaking down how to best serve the company that someone was working for along with helping one to plan and move onward with their life. As any CEO may transition out of the job they had so loved, they are unlikely to sit back and smell the roses when they are done being a leader for a particular organization. Topics that are included deal with how someone's ego may take a hit when they are no longer the leader of a large organization, how to let go and move on, how to groom someone else to be a success.
Why should you read this book? I think people that are leading large organization of any time may benefit from reading this book as they may be in a transition. You may want to go back to work for that same organization, this book will give one many ideas on how to best manage this transition. This book gives advice on a person's family life, as well as life in the boardroom. Clear explanations, clear and well thought out analogies, make this book a thought provoking read that flows easily.
When a CEO retires they have a hard time rejoining the human race and will find it impossible to just sit around and watch tv or play golf. The author suggests possible alternatives like getting in a group of other ceo's and discussing what else is possible. He tells of how some get other jobs, some donate their time running non-profit organizations, etc. They just have to find something they really like and head in that direction.
He gives a lot of good ideas and I thought the book would be good for anyone that retires from a high powered job and not just ceo's. The author writes with a sense of humor so it's certainly not dull.
Although the book provides a good concise summary of concepts and emotions you may experience while preparing for succession, if you are looking for a detailed plan this is not the right book for you.
Goldsmith does do an excellent job in providing a direction for those executives that are entertaining the idea of succession and may even be discussing it with a board. Primarily focused on large corporate environments and fortune 500 companies, the advise may still be good for entrepreneurs and other business people that may be emotionally attached to their jobs.
A good book for a quick flight.
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