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The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition by Cornelia Gamlem, Barbara Mitchell

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Workforce Planning…Succession Planning

Great NHL hockey star Wayne Gretzky often said, “Good hockey players skate to where the puck is while great hockey players skate to where the puck is going.” The same can be said of great organizations: You have to know where you’re headed to be successful, and when it comes to your people, it’s called workforce planning.

Any strategic business plan deals with resource requirements, and, just as financial requirements need to be addressed, a well-crafted strategic plan needs to ensure that the appropriate people with the right skills are available to accomplish plan goals and objectives. Smart organizations include HR in the organization’s strategic planning process so that there is an easy transition ...

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