By Arnie Dahlke

When key people leave your organization, you are faced with the task of replacing them. This can go very smoothly or it can be a huge headache. If you have no succession plan in place, a departure can cause waves of disruption to spread throughout your organization. If you've taken the time to lay out a careful succession plan, the departure may only be a mere ripple. It all depends on how well prepared you are.

It's up to you.

I wrote this book to help you prevent the wave of disruption. I wrote this book to help you develop and implement a smooth succession plan by providing you with numerous tips and techniques for making sure that things go smoothly when you bring a successor on board to fill a key position. 

Every chapter in the book stands on its own. You don't have to read the book from front to back. Simply choose the chapter that fits your needs.

You may need some guidelines for preparing the plan. What do you do differently in preparing for unexpected versus planned departures? How do you link your succession plan to your strategic plan? How do you identify potential successors? There's a chapter to help you.

You may need some guidelines for evaluating the success of your succession plan. What kind of evaluation criteria should you use? What kinds of data you need to collect? What kinds of questions should you be asking? Again, there's a chapter to help you.

You may need some suggestions for overcoming the obstacles that inevitably get in the way of almost any plan. How do you overcome resistance from the CEO really doesn't want to leave even though it's time for him to retire? How do you resolve disagreements about sources for successor candidates? How do you compensate for the lack of a good candidate pool? There's a chapter for you.