The 10 Step Succession Plan for Chapter Leaders Phyllis Shurn-Hannah, Northeast Region Field Services Director ▪ SHRM ▪ March 31, 2010
What is Succession Planning? Succession Planning is the use of a planned course of measure to ensure that volunteers are developed to successfully replace current volunteer leaders whenever needed to carry out the mission, vision and goals of the Chapter.
Expectations of a Volunteer • Complete understanding of the position – time required, required tasks • To feel welcomed • Good training • Opportunity to do interesting work • To be appreciated • To be communicated with • To know they are helping to make the world a better place • To be socially connected • To learn something new
Critical Questions To Ask The Board • How would you handle the progression of your strategic objectives if a key position suddenly became vacant? • Do you select people to the board based on likeability and need to fill a slot vs. tactical and long-term planning? • Do you know TODAY who will replace current leaders when their terms end? • Do current volunteers feel they have benefited in a meaningful way as a result of their service?
Why Have A Succession Plan? • Identify critical volunteer leader positions in the chapter • Identify replacements for future vacancies in positions (due to term end or the unexpected) • Identify individuals who could potentially fill those vacancies • Ensure that the chapter’s current mission and vision will be carried forward by future leaders • Ensure that next generation of leaders are prepared for their roles • The Plan should be tied to the chapter’s mission and goals
Outcome of Planning • Strong leadership that perpetuates growth • Increased member satisfaction through great services and meaningful meetings • Contingency back-up if volunteer leader cannot complete term • Volunteer leaders feeling they have personally and professionally benefited as a result of their volunteer experience
Step 2 Evaluate current volunteer roles: confirm relevancy
Step 3 Establish a “line of succession” for positions Evaluate/update job descriptions/customize for your needs
Step 4 Analyze member roster for potential volunteer leaders
Step 5 Determine the key leaders for whom successors will be identified
Step 6 Evaluate value proposition for attracting/retaining volunteers
Step 7 Identify the competencies of current key leaders: experience and duties required personality, political savvy, judgment leadership skills
Step 8 Select the high-potential members who will participate in succession planning: Identify gap between what the high-potential members are able to do presently and what they must do in the leadership role Create a development plan for each high-potential member to prepare him or her for the leadership position Perform development activities with each high-potential member
Step 9 Interview and select a member for the new leadership position
Step 10 Evaluate it! Communicate it! Stick to it!
Steps to Succession Planning • Establish a strategic plan (vision, mission, goals) • Evaluate current volunteer roles: confirm relevancy • Establish a “line of succession” for positions • Evaluate/update job descriptions/customize for your needs • Analyze member roster for potential volunteer leaders • Determine the key leaders for whom successors will be identified • Evaluate value proposition for attracting/retaining volunteers • Identify the competencies of current key leaders • Identify experience and duties required • Identify personality, political savvy, judgment • Identify leadership skills
Steps to Succession Planning • Select the high-potential members who will participate in succession planning • Identify gap between what the high-potential members are able to do presently and what they must do in the leadership role • Create a development plan for each high-potential member to prepare him or her for the leadership position • Perform development activities with each high-potential member • IV. Interview and select a member for the new leadership position • V. Evaluate it! Communicate it! Stick to it!
Tools for Succession Planning • Your Strategic Plan • Your Member, Board Rosters • Successful Practices from other chapters • Four-Year Succession Plan Grid • Succession Planning/Career Development Questionnaire • Recruitment and Retention Toolkit on the VLRC
Succession Planning Helps Chapters • “Grow your own" future leaders • Manage diversity • Shorten the learning curve for future leaders • Increase commitment and loyalty to the organization
What to Look For • Leadership • Initiative • Judgment • Planning & Organizing • Teamwork • Commitment • Political Savvy
SHRM AnnualLeadership Conference • One of our purposes for sponsoring the Leadership Conference is to help facilitate the succession planning process for our volunteer leaders. Not only does it provide excellent leadership development opportunities, but it is an excellent way to facilitate best practice sharing and to network with fellow volunteer leaders and prepare for the coming year. • It goes without saying that you should think strategically about who attends this conference. • When your volunteer leaders return from the conference, ask them to conduct a presentation on key learning points and how they will apply their new learning. Avoid encapsulated development at all costs!