About our blog post author: Stephanie Hamelmann, is the Corporate Recruiter for FORUM Credit Union.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University.  Prior to recruiting for FORUM, Stephanie worked for a local staffing company fulfilling the recruiting needs for various companies in the Indianapolis Area.  Stephanie is continually searching for opportunities to build her network with other HR professionals in Indianapolis.

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As our world of Human Resources constantly changes, we continue to redefine our practices in an effort to be that strategic partner. In this economy, we have all become proficient at doing more with less, but why can we make it simple at the same time too?

That is exactly what our panelist spoke about when they presented their practices on succession planning, or as they referred to it as “succession development.”

To put a plan in place, it is necessary to identify key positions, determine the desires of your employees, and make it less about performance and more about potential. The main focus should be on employee development.

Keep in mind, if your key leaders/managers do not have the desire, there is no purpose for the plan. David Ruzskowski, Senior Learning and Development Consultant from Adayana, stated it clear and simple.

The 3 reasons why a succession plans fails are:

1. Management has unrealistic skills evaluations or expectations.

2. No one owns it and it is too complex.

3. It does not adapt to the company changes.

Bottom line: We need to “blow up the detail”, define the purpose, and make the process transparent while keeping the infrastructure loose and flexible. This is not a strategic effort that Human Resources can own or accomplish alone. We need to work with key leaders by providing tools and support while empowering those leaders to champion development.

Need a place to start? Get on board with the SMA Book Club as we will be discussing “The Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly during 3rd Quarter.

Stephanie Hamelmann, is the Corporate Recruiter for FORUM Credit Union.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University.  Prior to recruiting for FORUM, Stephanie worked for a local staffing company fulfilling the recruiting needs for various companies in the Indianapolis Area. Stephanie is continually searching for opportunities to build her network with other HR professionals in Indianapolis.