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HR Manager's Guide to Succession Planning + USB
By: Brian Kreissl, LL.B., LL.M., CHRL, Yaseen Hemeda, MHRM, CHRL
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This HR Manager's Guide provides comprehensive information on the theory and practice of succession planning

Several factors have contributed to a renewed interest in succession planning in recent years, including a real and perceived lack of "bench strength" among the leadership teams in many organizations, demographic challenges including the pending retirement of the large cohort of Baby Boomers (many of whom currently occupy senior leadership roles), perceived skills shortages with respect to leadership skills and competencies, and the realization that many organizations had taken a haphazard approach to succession planning for far too long due to budget cuts to talent management programs and inadequate investment in training and development. As a result, many organizations now have a keen interest in developing and implementing new succession management programs or enhancing their existing programs to increase their effectiveness and implement best practices in talent management. Succession planning (sometimes referred to as "succession management") is a discipline that ensures an organization has a sufficient pool of talented and highly-skilled employees who are able to help meet the organization's strategic goals and objectives by moving into senior leadership roles as they arise. The goal of succession planning is to create a pipeline of talent to fill future vacancies in senior roles of strategic importance and key positions throughout the organization.

HR Manager's Guide to Succession Planning provides comprehensive information on the theory and practice of succession planning. This book examines succession planning from a holistic perspective by considering not only the actual succession planning process itself, but also the important program planning, preparation and implementation work that must be completed in order to ensure that succession planning is aligned with other aspects of the organization's talent management strategies and programs, as well as its overall organizational strategy and its vision, mission and values.

Accompanying the book is a USB key with several sample forms, worksheets and policies to help facilitate succession planning – particularly in small to mid-sized organizations. These helpful tools and templates are designed to be modified and used by readers in their own organizations. While this book would apply to succession planning in any jurisdiction and would more or less be applicable in a global context, another unique feature is the discussion of Canadian legal compliance issues relating to succession management. The book will appeal to HR practitioners (particularly at the intermediate and senior levels), executives, board members, management consultants, students in human resources programs and lawyers.

Table of Contents Chapter 1: An Introduction to Succession Planning Chapter 2: Succession Planning Roles and Responsibilities Chapter 3: Organizational Strategy and Succession Planning Chapter 4: Forecasting and Gap Analysis Chapter 5: Identifying Top Talent Chapter 6: The Succession Planning Process Chapter 7: Developing Top Talent Chapter 8: Knowledge Management and Transfer Chapter 9: Working with External Succession Candidates Chapter 10: Evaluating the Succession Program Chapter 11: Legal Aspects of Succession Planning Chapter 12: Succession Planning for Small Businesses Chapter 13: Policies and Procedures

About the Author

Brian Kreissl, LL.B., LL.M., CHRL, is a Product Development Manager responsible for human resources, payroll, OH&S and records retention products and solutions at Thomson Reuters Legal Canada. Brian is a published author, journalist and blogger on HR and employment law topics with nearly two decades of HR and HR-related experience. He was previously the Managing Editor of Consult Carswell, a comprehensive online information resource and work tool for Canadian HR professionals. While not a lawyer, Brian has two law degrees from the U.K. (including a master's degree with a focus on employment law), his Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, and certificates in business management, human resources management, law and leadership in organizations. He is also currently working on a degree in adult education. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he worked in the HR department of a large financial institution. Brian has also worked for a leading HR outsourcing firm and a boutique search firm specializing in placing information technology professionals. He has done extensive work in employment policy development, revision and review and was heavily involved with Thomson Reuters Custom Employee Handbooks service. Brian has contributed to numerous publications and is co-author of Best Practices: Job Descriptions Toolkit, the Bill 168 Implementation Guide and the HR Manager’s Guide to Succession Planning. He is also the current author of Develop Your Own Employee Handbook.

Yaseen Hemeda, MHRM, CHRL, is a Product Developer at Carswell. Yaseen is a qualified HR professional, as well as being a published author and journalist. He previously worked as an HR Product Writer for Consult Carswell, writing practical best practices content on a variety of HR topics. Yaseen has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, a human resources management diploma and his Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. He has over six years of HRM research experience and recently completed his Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) degree at the University of Regina. Prior to joining Carswell, Yaseen worked as a researcher, writer and editor for various media publications and also worked for a leading global relocation firm, managing domestic and international expatriate relocations.
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