Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs, Second Edition (PDF)

By: Ms. Nancy R. Axelrod
Format: PDF
Publication Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 69

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Table of Contents and Introduction

Level 201

It might be tomorrow; it might be 10 years from now. But someday, your chief executive is going to leave your organization. Is there a well-thought-out plan in place? Can you expect a smooth transition? If not, his or her departure could trigger a chaotic situation that reduces your organization's effectiveness and panics key stakeholders.

Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs provides a proactive approach so that you are prepared whenever the inevitable day comes.

You will learn

  • the differences between executive search and succession planning
  • how to create a system that ensures the organization always has an up-to-date succession strategy
  • how to get input from and communicate effectively with staff, key stakeholders, and the general public
  • five succession planning steps to take prior to the executive search
  • six key issues for the board to address during the executive search
  • how to ensure a smooth transition for your new chief executive
  • why it's important to begin the succession planning process with a new chief executive

The appendices include a sample emergency leadership transition plan, chief executive succession plan guidelines, and a sample chief executive profile.

While primarily aimed at board members, the publication is a valuable read for chief executives, consultants, senior staff, and others involved with nonprofit boards.