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Management Succession Starts at the….Bottom

(from Central PA Business Journal, 4/5/19) Today, the phrase management succession plan is used almost exclusively in the context of an exit strategy, part of preparing an organization to replace top executives who will leave, retire or die. But, especially in this time of high turnover, management succession at all levels needs to be as…

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Us vs. Them

“We work weekends and more hours than home office employees. They’re gone by 5 pm.”  “There’s no discipline in the field. Those guys get away with everything.”   Headquarters vs. the Field. Manufacturing vs. Sales. Buyers vs. Stores.  In every industry in which I’ve been a part, there has been at least some of an…

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Build your future leadership team…NOW

Every company we speak to is concerned with losing, finding and keeping good managers. When there’s an opening, Senior Managers immediately want to rush to fill those org chart boxes by posting the job on line, or by engaging a search firm. But maybe they shouldn’t rush. Recently, we began to challenge clients to think about these…

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Managing “Like an Owner”

Recently, I attended a terrific conference in Hershey of the ESOP Association, an organization dedicated to the success and growth of employee-owned companies. Much of the conversation, and many of the workshops, were focused on how we need to teach employees how to “act and behave like owners”…

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Management Development and Succession

You know where you’d like the company to be in 3-5 years.  But who will take it there? The current leaders are getting older, and there’s not much of a “bench.” Who will take over when (not if!) key employees and leaders retire? Employees with good potential are leaving. What career path is there for…

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