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Managing Leadership Transition for Nonprofits: Passing the Torch to Sustain Organizational Excellence by Laura Watkins, Susan Egmont, Barry Dym

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8. Managing During the Transition Period

It becomes an act of juggling eggs and golf balls. Some of the daily maintenance has unyielding weight, and sometimes when you toss the eggs of change one or two splatters on your face; but all in all, you know that your organization will grow through this courageous act of transition.

Poor Transition Management

One of the major causes of leadership turnover is the poor, crisis-oriented management of the transition period. Few organizations have clear, written succession plans to fall back on in the face of a CEO’s rapid departure. Boards are frequently disorganized; transition management falls to one person or to small cadre of people who are soon overwhelmed by the magnitude of a task that many engage ...

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