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Succession Planning

Keeping colleagues engaged in an organisation of little change

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I've recently joined an organisation in which there is not much business growth and not much movement either - especially in relation to new openings in management roles. Therefore, the non-management colleagues feel there is little opportunity for progression, so are more likely to exit the business to seek other opportunities or remain in the business with little motivation.

My initial thoughts are to still provide succession planning for the organisation based upon the ideas that movement will eventually happen, be it  sooner or later and that a business needs to be prepared. For those being developed, they are being kept engaged and are in the best position to take on a management role in our organisation should one arise.

Without this approach, how can we keep our ambitious colleagues engaged in the organisation?

I'd appreciate your thoughts!

Thank you.

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By perspec1
11th Oct 2017 13:07

Hi Richie, It is important for mangers to be open about the reality of the situation regarding the probability of people leaving the organisation to get on. I have been very lucky and have worked with some exceptional team members who I have managed and it is much easier to deal with this issue if they can be open about their plans knowing that I was as keen to develop and help them for roles inside or outside of the company.
As high potential and high performing individuals they were all very happy and capable of doing the leg work, additional networking, research etc. to identify their options, internal and external.
The interesting factor is that this search usually took some months and even if folks leave the longer they stay the better from a turnover cost viewpoint.
In addition to this general approach development programmes aimed at key talent which develops specific skills for the next level, are accredited so provide recognised qualifications such as ILM and involve some real time projects delivered over a 12/18 month period can be very effective in retaining your key talent.
The accredited qualification comes at the end and possibly after the submission of a written assignment which people will stay on for. This sort of programme can also include social projects which are close to the heart of the participants like working in schools/charities etc.
Hope this helps, cheers, Nick

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By RichieF
12th Oct 2017 11:54

Nick, thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Your response has been really useful and given me lots to consider. Richard

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By clive boorman
18th Oct 2017 12:21

Hi Richie, do you know about Working Out Loud circles?
Groups of 5-ish people work together to help each of them achieve their individual goals, no matter what they are. They commit to meeting for a hour a week over 12 weeks following a prescribed set of activities for each session.

One of the aims of WOL circles is that participants build a bigger network of people who can help them achieve their ambitions. The resources/tools and approach is free as long as you give the relevant copyright credits.

This drives Social and Collaborative learning and as long as people aren't told what their goals should be and be free to choose what they are themselves, it should create engagement.

Check it out here:

Hope that helps.

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By assignmentprofs
05th Oct 2018 08:11

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