Strengthen your leadership bench strength by identifying the right people for the right roles



Every leader is an interim leader. Do you have a “ready-now” succession replacement?


Succession Planning imageLeadership development, succession planning and leader onboarding are sister processes which are powerful in driving your talent management and retention strategies.  Do them right – you maintain a healthy, competitive-ready organization.   Do them wrong – in a word, catastrophic.

We partner with you on your succession planning initiatives to ensure the right leaders are ready, when and where they are needed – both now and in the future.

Our team guides you step by step in setting up processes for evaluating both internal and external talent and linking their capabilities to key roles in your organization.

Our succession planning consulting practice helps in 4 major areas:

Succession Planning Strategy

Creating a comprehensive succession strategy which helps to reduce risk of lack of “ready-now” individuals to fill future leadership openings

Succession Planning Implementation

Educating and guiding all stakeholders step-by-step through the succession planning lifecycle

  • Define and identify profile of the kind of leader needed both now and in the future
  • Identify and assess internal and external candidates, using rigorous competency profiles
  • Create a specific development plan for each individual in your internal talent pipeline
  • Transfer knowledge amongst HR and leadership team, to sustain the succession planning process for the longer-term, no matter the level of turnover in key stakeholders

Succession Measurement

Linking succession strategy to development and retention metrics through a succession planning dashboard of metrics

Continuous Improvement

Facilitating post-mortem sessions to evaluate attainment of succession goals and metrics;  Makes recommendations for future course corrections and/or improvements

How We Partner – Succession Planning Services

Our consultants partner with you to thoroughly connect the critical success factors of your succession planning strategy to the business priorities of your organization.

What differentiates our firm includes how we “do our homework” to create actionable, practical recommendations to increase the value and impact of your event.

Once you give your stamp of approval, we “plug and play” by not leaving you to do the day-to-day program management and execution work. Our team will take the lead to execute your plans – freeing your internal resources to focus on other priorities.

Our job is to make you look good! And when you look good, we look good!

Fees and Payment Options

Upon signed contract or Statement of Work, payments may be made by:

  1. Credit Card: Both corporate and personal credit cards accepted.
  2. Purchase Order/Invoice: SDL will send an invoice directly to you or your company. If a purchase order or registration in your company’s vendor system is required, please contact us at 770-384-1103 or via email.

Ready to get started?

Get in touch to explore how SDL can support your succession planning needs.


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