When I teamed up with ATD to write the first edition of Succession Planning Basics in 2007, the challenges were different from those of today’s succession planning efforts.

In 2007, most interested parties thought succession planning was a way of handing down their family farms. The companies I interviewed about succession planning thought it was a good concept, but usually followed up by saying that it wasn’t something they were working on at the time.

Fast forward a dozen years. Everyone knows what succession planning is now. Everyone agrees that it’s important. And still a large number of organizations say it’s not something they have time to work on.

However, more organizations are discovering that succession planning has even more ...

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