Workshop 8 (Half Day)
Successful Succession Planning
Saville & Holdsworth, Ltd.
Pinto Consulting Group
One of the inherent challenges facing any organization is identifying
and developing individuals who are capable of leading the organization to success in the
future. An effective succession planning system, tightly linked to a strong leader
development program, is one of the primary means for ensuring leadership continuity.
The principal goal of this Workshop is to help practitioners design or
upgrade their succession planning system. The Workshop will include a mix of presentation,
discussion, and hands-on exercises. During the course of the Workshop, participants will:
- Learn about four major models/approaches to succession planning.
- Discuss the critical design elements that must be considered in developing a succession
- Review the results of a survey of succession planning practices at a sample of Fortune
- Learn how to use a competency model to link succession planning to an
organizations business strategy and culture.
- Practice using a competency model to make judgments about potential successors and their
The Workshop will be principally targeted at succession planning
professionals. Those who will benefit the most are experienced succession planning
professionals interested in benchmarking their organizations practices against other
organizations or picking up new tips and pointers from fellow professionals. Similarly,
the Workshop will be useful to those professionals who have recently been given a new
assignment for succession planning and are interested in learning what approaches are
available. The plan for the Workshop is to include both discussion timeso
participants can learn from one another, and hands-on exercise timeso participants
can gain first-hand experience working with succession planning tools. We also welcome
participants with an interest in succession planning who simply want to learn more about
Jeffrey McHenry has held a variety of HR positions at Microsoft,
including Director of Executive and Management Development, where he was responsible for
identification and development of high-potential managers. Jeff is currently Human
Resources Director for Microsofts Product Support Services, where he is in the midst
of implementing a succession planning process and leadership development program for the
divisions high-potential managers. Jeff received his Ph.D. in differential
psychology from the University of Michigan in 1988.
Brian Stern is Managing Director of the Cleveland office of Saville
& Holdsworth, Ltd. Brian specializes in helping clients develop human resource
management strategies that support their business objectives. Much of his work is in the
area of management development, organizational assessment, selection system design and
competency analysis, and development. Brian received his Ph.D. in I-O psychology from
George Washington University in 1987.
Patrick Pinto is President of the Phoenix-based Pinto Consulting
Group, a firm specializing in human resource planning and development. His areas of
expertise include executive succession planning, management development, performance
measurement, training, and career development. Pat has run workshops on succession
planning and management development throughout the world. Patrick received his Ph.D. in
industrial psychology from the University of Georgia in 1970.
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