By Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D.
Preparing Successors for Leadership:Another Kind of Hero focuses on how a family firm's next generation of leadership can effectively enter the organization and develop essential business and leadership skills and experience.
In its rich but readable pages you'll learn:
seven stages in successor development;
skills and attitudes required for leadership;
how to lay the psychological groundwork for success;
what the young person should consider before joining the business;
how to construct a personal development plan;
how successors gain credibility and legitimacy;
how to manage succession when there are multiple family candidates;
how successors can effectively manage change;
how the older generation can play a positive role in the succession process;
and much more...
Preparing Successors for Leadership shows how successors can prepare for a job that doesn't yet exist in a future that no one can clearly foresee. It is fast-reading and filled with real-life cases, practical tips and useful checklists.
'The ideas and suggestions that I heard John Ward proffer during a 1989 seminar, and then later express with Craig Aronoff in Preparing Successors for Leadership channeled our thinking about successors and succession in our third generation and soon-to-be second generation companies into exactly the right directions. Now, our succession plans in both companies are moving smoothly ahead; one is complete and one is in progress. Without the inspirational influence provided by John and Craig, it is certain that we would not have carried out our succession planning half as well as we have.'
Barton S. Mitchell
E. Stewart Mitchell, Inc.
Superior Paving Corp.
'An excellent real life approach on how to pass the torch to the next generation. This series provides the critical questions that all family business owners should consider. Preparing Successors for Leadership is not only a must read for family business owners, but just as importantly, for their advisors.'
Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC
'Preparing Successors for Leadership is an excellent guide to one of the most important issues family businesses face -- helping successors develop attitudes and abilities that maximize their leadership qualities.'
Doug Brown, CEO
Fresh Products, Inc.
'Questions of leadership succession are likely to be key strategic concerns for any enterprise going forward. Family-owned businesses bring unique challenges and opportunities in this important question. Another Kind of Hero provides an extremely effective framework for thinking about and assisting family succession issues. It will provide great insight both to family members and other leaders with whom they work.'
Ralph Christensen, Sr. VP
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Kansas City, MO