The foundation of a learning agile workplace is alignment of succession planning with strategic objectives. This alignment includes the Mission, Vision and Core Values. I’ve found that alignment at the beginning of succession planning processes ensures that employees will target their competency development in ways that support not only their professional growth, but the company’s competitive advantage as well.
An integral component of succession planning is leadership development. In order to build organizational agility, leaders with critical core competencies must be ready at appropriate junctures to support leadership continuity. That’s why I believe that the corporate objectives should be woven into leadership development efforts.
The next step is to identify critical positions for which succession planning is a priority, since those positions have a huge impact on the organization’s ability to survive and thrive.