Chapter 11

High-Potential Assessment and Succession Planning

Focusing on critical talent is relatively new territory for most companies and thus offers a new way to compete.

(Deloitte Research, 2004)

Despite the challenging global economic conditions towards the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, many organizations are maintaining their faith in the future and are looking to identify, attract and grow their future leaders. Senior management development programmes, graduate entry, accelerated development, high-flyer schemes, MBA recruits... the return of fast-tracking appears to be under way in the UK. The promise of speedy advancement up the corporate ladder is being resurrected as a means of attracting and retaining the ‘best’ ...

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