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Succession Planning

Despite its obvious importance many organisations continue to struggle to succession plan effectively.

Research has shown 86% of leaders see succession planning as an urgent or important priority whilst only 13% of executives actually regard their organisation as being effective at the process of nurturing and developing future talent.


45% of organisations struggle to develop management talent
13% of executives rate their organisation for its ability to succession plan effectively
86% of leaders see succession planning as an urgent or important priority

Common Problems

Businesses without a succession plan can often find themselves struggling to find the right people to take on key roles that are created either by expansion or by key staff members being promoted or retiring. This can lead to a reduction in output and productivity, over-work of employees in roles adjacent who have to pick up the additional workload and reduced employee engagement as staff struggle to see how they will be able to grow within the organisation which in turn leads to increased staff turnover.



Succession planning focuses on identifying and growing talent to fill leadership and business-critical positions in the future. In the face of skills shortages, succession planning has gained popularity, and is now widely carried out in both large and smaller organisations. Many businesses see significant benefit of growing their own talent to fit the succession plan. This has a number of benefits, specifically in the areas of cultural fit, employee engagement and staff retention and motivation.  It is also a more cost-effective strategy than continually hiring in via recruitment companies.

Tool Kit

At Chalkhill Blue, there are a number of core tools that we use to help clients create their succession plan. These include undertaking a core competency gap analysis, creating a comprehensive people plan, and implementing a robust people development programme linked to the overall business growth objectives.

360 Degree Appraisal

Organisational Skills GAP Analysis

Scenario Planning

How We Help

We help you create not only clarity and focus, but more importantly we specialise in helping you develop and implement a winning plan.




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Having helped 1000s of businesses and leadership teams, we think they’re best placed to tell you about the impact we’ve had…

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