People Succession

People Succession: Lessons from Forward Thinking Executives in Middle-Market Companies


by Carol Bergeron


A provocative read for executives, the board of directors, and people managers in middle-market and aspiring middle-market companies who choose to groom the next generation of leaders while reducing the risk of organizational underperformance due to job vacancies and capabilities’ shortages. Learn more

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Re-Imagine the Workforce

Organizations are only as good as the people they employ and the partners with whom they choose to do business. We help you re-imagine the future workforce, build key capabilities and engagement, and benefit from a mix of highly integrated talent solutions that align with your strategy and culture.

Sample solutions: workforce planning, workforce integration, people succession, leadership and professional learning & development sessions, peer learning groups, leadership coaching and mentoring and relevant people practices.

High Technology Capital Equipment & Solutions Provider

Challenge: Our client committed to providing best in class customized solutions (capital equipment and their systems applications and support) to its worldwide Fortune 1000 customers. The challenge? demanding customer delivery schedules, limited supply of skilled / industry experienced systems engineers, and fierce competition for talent.  

Action: Collected valuable insight from engineers who advanced into the systems engineering role. Redesigned the job so that it had fewer “must haves” requirements. Defined critical knowledge, skills, behaviors, and industry expertise of stellar systems engineers. Ensured compensation was more than competitive for attracting and retaining talent. Worked across the organization to gain commitment to filling the talent pipeline with internal and external candidates.

Result: Doubled the number of systems engineers promoted from within; increased the number of lateral moves between engineering job families. Successfully recruited external talent through select recruiting organizations. Increased knowledge management initiatives to capture critical intellectual capital.

More Information on Workforce Planning & Integration

Strategic Workforce Planning is a strategic thinking process for aligning workforce strategies to desired business outcomes. The resulting Strategic Workforce Plan, once implemented, results in the right number people with the right skills and capabilities in place to achieve the organization’s strategic goals.

Value of Workforce Planning

  • Methodology for aligning workforce strategies to desired business outcomes; most effective when synced up with the strategic business planning cycle
  • Foundation for building executive commitment to support the strategic workforce planning cycle
  • Strengthening of leadership strategic thinking skills: environmental scanning, scenario planning, alternative solutions’ impact and risk assessment
  • Accelerates the implementation of leadership decision making by anticipating potential situations and their solutions prior to their occurrence
  • Effective approach for building a plan to close the gaps between current and future talent needs with input across the organization
  • Tools & techniques for gathering, understanding and presenting information
  • Resulting action plan addresses: staffing, organization design, culture, HR infrastructure, regulations & risk management
  • Delivery options: consultant, project manager, team member, coach, instructor 


Articles of Interest

Workforce Strategy

Aligned Talent Strategy: Achieve competitive advantage. 2004 May - Read more
Water Game Lessons for Executives (importance of workforce strategy), 2009 Sept - Read more  
Gardens of the Future Start Today (importance of workforce strategy), 2009 April - Read more  
Tunnel Vision Impedes True Assessment of Customer Satisfaction (workforce strategy), 2007 Aug - Read more  
Tree Pruning & Lessons for Downsizing the Workforce (RIF), 2009 Jan - Read more  

Mergers & Acquisitions

 Why'd the Deal Go South? Culture Shock (M&A), 2008 Mar - Read more 
M&A Announcement or Invitation to Poach Your MVPs? (M&A), 2007 Dec - Read more