Use career planning for all employees

By Marcia L. Jones
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

Career planning is bringing succession planning from executive suites to the frontline.

Succession planning used to be an activity performed solely for the corporate elite, those people and positions in the executive suite deemed vital to the success of the corporation. Ten or 20 years ago, the VP of HR and a cadre of senior-level executives sat in a smoke-filled room and plotted the future of the organization and the future of several dozen executives and “fast trackers.”

HR professionals and executive assistants worked long and late assembling notebooks full of information the CEO deemed critical to assessing talent and leadership. Like fraternity brothers discussing promising men from the freshman class, candidate slates were drawn up for key managerial positions.