Category Archives: Succession Planning

Saying “Yes” to the Community

When we began our work with Durham County Library (NC) on their strategic planning project the Library was going through a major transformation with unprecedented growth, changing demographics, and the creation of new Regional libraries. This transformation and the resulting strategic plan were built around the following keystone philosophy: Continue reading

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What Will Happen When I’m Gone?

How to Transfer Knowledge Successfully

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What do your organization and Drew Barrymore from 50 First Dates have in common? Both can suffer from acute memory loss brought on by lack of knowledge transfer. Institutional knowledge loss is a problem for organizations who get stuck in certain ways of doing things – and then forgetting why they do them that way! While Barrymore had a reliable Adam Sandler to remind her of all the important details every day, your organization may not have the same luxury when someone with key knowledge retires. Continue reading

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Passing the Baton – Who Will Take it Next?

Too often succession planning efforts focus only on the process: the presentations, forms, charts, and checklists. Though these are all important, remember that they are only precursors to what succession planning is really about: development. Effective succession planning requires that you put the plans in place and then execute them diligently. Get each successor the development opportunities and experiences that he or she needs. And don’t stop at opportunities either. Continue reading

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