How Bad is Your Succession Management? This Report May Help You Find Out

“(Some) 84 percent of organizations report having a lack of candidates in the pipeline ready to assume open and critical positions.”

That’s not good, folks. As we wring our hands on the lack of talent in the external pipeline, perhaps we should be spending more time attending to the skills and development of the folks already in the organization!

Laci Loew, Vice President and Principal Analyst at the Brandon Hall Group, recently published their State of Succession Management 2015. If your organization is in the 84 percent of organizations above, this report will be helpful in laying out the challenge, what and how high performing organizations in this regard are executing differently, and how to think about the first steps of moving your succession planning needs forward.

The report is a great read and has some pretty terrific content and data included.

This graphic gives you a taste of what you can expect in terms of getting started as well as what successful outcomes are from both succession management and business focus perspectives.brandon-hall-succession-mgmt-1

7 critical succession findings

The report outlines seven (7) critical findings of Brandon Hall’s research on this topic:

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  1. The talent pipeline health continues to threaten leadership continuity.
  2. Succession management commitment is on the rise with prioritization for a formal strategy for all parts of the organization.
  3. Technology is under utilized, hindering the efficiency of succession management.
  4. Successor development as a critical component of succession management is improving.
  5. Lateral mobility takes center stage as a critical successor development strategy.
  6. Using predictive analytics to proactively plan for critical position vacancies will separate organizations with effective succession management from less effective organizations.
  7. Today’s succession management budgets are modest at best, but expected to expand significantly over the next 12 months.

The insights in the State of Succession Management 2015 fleshed out in each of these key findings are critical reading for any talent management professional. And, you’ll also get some useful data to use in building the ROI for succession management investment in next year’s budget.

The report is published by Skillsoft and you can get it here. At 34 pages, this is a solid piece of analysis and a useful and highly practical read.

This originally appeared on China Gorman’s blog at

China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker and writer bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation, and strengthening the business impact of Human Resources.

Well known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, China works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and their go-to-market strategies. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as the Advisory Boards of Elevated Careers, the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and WorldBlu. Addtionally, she chairs the Globoforce WorkHuman Advisory Board and the Universum North America Board. China is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday, and is published and frequently quoted in media properties like Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report and many others.