Chapter 14

Manage the Dynamics in CEO Succession

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

—Henry Ford1

While each of the previous nine dimensions to effective CEO succession planning defines a specific stage in the succession process with identifiable tasks and outcomes, this tenth and final dimension addresses the relational dynamics among the various players involved in each stage of the process.

This tenth dimension speaks to the personal emotions and challenges that have a direct bearing on the thoughts and actions of the executives involved, affecting how they view themselves and their relationship with their peers and superiors. These driving, often conflicting forces of ego, position ...

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