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The Talent Wave

The Talent Wave

Why Succession Planning Fails and What to Do About It

David Clutterbuck

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The Talent Wave offers a new way of developing future leaders by aligning employee aspirations with organizational needs.

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About the book

If succession planning works, how do the wrong people so often get to the top? Succession planning was once the key to identifying potential leaders to fill important positions. However, in today's rapidly evolving business world traditional succession planning is no longer a viable strategy with research showing that 70% of succession plans fail within two years, simply from lack of management support.
In a climate of growing skills shortages and lack of confidence in leadership potential, David Clutterbuck offers a new a process of dialogue between an organization and its employees. The Talent Wave presents a dynamic, flexible approach to succession planning and talent management. Clutterbuck first demolishes most of accepted practice in these areas, and then presents practical solutions which align employee ambitions and business priorities to ensure that organizations have the right leadership in place for ongoing success.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: What’s wrong with succession planning?;
    • Chapter - 02: A systemic perspective on succession and talent;
    • Chapter - 03: What do we mean by leadership?;
    • Chapter - 04: The critical challenges: what is talent?;
    • Chapter - 05: Aligning careers and business needs;
    • Chapter - 06: The critical challenges: the maturity question;
    • Chapter - 07: Pools, pipelines or waves?;
    • Chapter - 08: Critical conversations;
    • Chapter - 09: Conversation 1: the inner dialogue;
    • Chapter - 10: Conversation 2: stakeholder dialogue;
    • Chapter - 11: Conversation 3: between the organization and employees;
    • Chapter - 12: Conversation 4: between social networks;
    • Chapter - 13: Succession planning for a dynamic world


Insightful, leading edge and practical. An essential guide for senior leaders and HR professionals.
Chris Roebuck, Visiting Professor, Cass Business School and former Global Head of Talent & Leadership UBS

One day people will look back at today's HR practices and ask: Why did we ever do things like that? Professor Clutterbuck asks those difficult questions today, and presents a wealth of alternative approaches. These will equip organisations to be more dynamic, fluid and agile in the way they manage people, develop talent, and redefine careers.
Jonathan Winter, Founder, The Career Innovation Company

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749456979
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd August 2012
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 256 pages

About the Author

David Clutterbuck is a co-founder and lifetime ambassador of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and founder of Clutterbuck Associates. Visiting professor at two UK Universities, he is repeatedly among the top 25 HR thinkers in HR Magazine's annual survey, and is the author or co-author of over 50 books, including Mentoring in Action, published by Kogan Page.

David Clutterbuck