Time has passed and Chip’s Widgets, Inc. has done very well. The
action plan was successful and business continues to grow. The CEO has
decided to resign his position within the next 12 to 18 months to start a
new business. The CEO has considered bringing in someone external to
take over the company, but he would like to assess the internal talent
first. The CEO feels that the operations manager could be a great
candidate to take over the CEO role.
Succession planning helps cultivate the next generation of
potential leaders to assume key roles. Succession planning strengthens
organizational growth, profit, and stability because it helps
organizations ensure smooth staff transitions without suspending
As the HR manager, you need to develop a succession plan for the
CEO. The operations manager will be groomed using different techniques
for a higher level of responsibility.
Because you have selected the operations manager as the best
potential candidate, you will need to create a short-term training plan
to start working on helping him develop the unique traits and skills
required of a CEO. The goals of this plan must be SMART (that is,
specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely). If you are not
familiar with SMART goals, do some research before you begin this
assignment. One place to start is here: SMART criteria
To complete this assignment, develop a succession plan for the
operations manager and CEO. In a minimum of 4 pages (not counting the
title page and reference page), include the following:
- Include an introductory paragraph detailing why the identified
traits and skills required of a CEO are critical to the success of the
- Identify at least 3 of the operations manager’s strengths that would need to be developed to make him a strong CEO.
- Identify at least 3 of the operations manager’s weaknesses that would need to be addressed to make him a strong CEO.
- Create a short action plan to help the operations manager develop
his strengths and address his weaknesses, and identify a target date
to complete the action plan.
- Include a conclusion that describes what the next steps might be
after the operations manager completes all skills development
Feel free to present some of your information in table form. You can use the template below as a starting point.
Include a title and reference page formatted according to APA standards.