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Transitions at the Top: What Organizations Must Do to Make Sure New Leaders Succeed

Dan Ciampa, David L Dotlich

"Many books have been written for new CEOs on what they need to do when they take charge at a new company, but few focus on what the rest of the organization has to do to set up the new leader--and the rest of the organization--for success. During any transition of C-suite leadership, the board of directors, the outgoing CEO (if there is one), the Chief Human Resources Officer, and other influential senior executives all play a crucial role in achieving a successful transition.


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Book Information

Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publish Date: 04/20/2015
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 9781118975084
ISBN-10: 1118975081
Language: English

Full Description

Clear, actionable guidance toward managing a major leadership change

Transitions at the Top is an insightful, informative guide to navigating a change in leadership. A smooth transition is critical to both the health of the organization and the success of the new leader, but good planning and strong strategy can help organizations come out fresher and more driven on the other side. This book provides the specific principles, guidelines, and actions that boards, C-suite executives, and HR leaders need to guarantee a successful CEO transition. Continuity is key as one leader passes the mantle to a successor, and this book spans the steps and events that take place from when the candidate accepts the offer, all the way through the point where a critical mass of followers have accepted him or her as the established leader. Coverage includes guidance on who should be engaged in the process, as well as role-specific advice for each member of the transition management team.

Many books have been written to advise new incoming CEOs, but there is little guidance available for the organization as a whole. This book provides actionable advice on smoothing the transition without breaking stride.

  • Maintain continuity during leadership transitions
  • Strengthen focus on culture, systems, and processes
  • Engage all influential executives in smoothing the transition
  • Lay a foundation to help the new leader succeed

The transition management team plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of the organization during a time of major change. Strong strategy becomes critical when an organization is in flux, and high engagement is key. Transitions at the Top provides expert insight, clear guidance, and a solid plan for a smoother transition.

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