Assessing and Building Your Leadership Pipeline
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“Real World” Leadership - By Glenn Parsons
Are you developing the next level of management as leaders to be called upon as your organization grows? Who's on your bench being groomed to take your organization to the next level? Who's currently in your leadership pipeline; how were they selected? Is your pipeline large enough for your anticipated needs? Are you and your current leaders too busy with day to day activities to focus on building and nurturing the pipeline?
Not having good leaders when needed means more than a lack of productivity and innovation -- their absence has serious bottom-line impact. Operating costs are driven up and organizational growth is inhibited because leadership resources required to expand (or replace) at the optimal time simply do not exist. they were not equipped or trained to handle, can have devastating effects throughout the organization.
Many business executives learn the hard way. Observations from the "School of Hard-knocks"...
- Relying on informal leadership pipeline planning is insufficient. A leadership selection strategy and a development program must be developed
- Do not focus solely on VP or executive level positions. Rather, identify the key positions within
the organization. Put focus, attention, money, and resources on strategic succession planningat those levels
- Don't allow immediate business activities get in the way
of leadership development
- Don't put leaders in leadership positions until you've
trained them thoroughly
- There must be accountability for developing and implementing the leadership pipeline
throughout the organization, or it will not happen
- Hire sooner, train longer
- Building and maintaining the leadership pipeline is a continuous process
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About the Author: Glenn Parsons
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Glenn Parsons, managing director of SKYE Business Solutions, is a seasoned executive with a unique blend of entrepreneurial/start up and public company experience. His background and insight positions him well as a trusted advisor and valuable asset to many organizations across several different industries. With a strong legacy of executive sales leadership in venture backed technology firms, his ability to help identify and solve both strategic and tactical issues is demonstrated repeatedly. He is widely recognized for his skills as a leader, communicator, strategic thinker, problem solver, coach and mentor. His relentless focus on growth has positive impact upon revenue, profits, market share, and issues associated with organizations looking to scale.
Areas of Expertise:
Glenn has assisted many organizations in need of improved organizational performance. Some ways in which organizations have benefited from his efforts include:
Improved sales performance and forecasting
Background and Credentials Prior to SKYE Business Solutions, Glenn honed his skills in business development, executive sales leadership, operations, and professional services. Glenn's industry experience includes network security, communications, wireless access, enterprise software, and data storage. He has extensive domestic and international experience having established relationships and developed business with organizations in many countries throughout the world, especially in the EMEA and Asia Pac regions. His experience, strategic vision and leadership skills prepared him to serve in a variety of executive leadership roles, especially relating to revenue generation. He has held senior leadership positions at System Industries, Fiberlink Communications, CenterStone Software and VFA.
Glenn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and his MBA in High Technology from Northeastern University. He serves on several boards and is active in a number of community and professional organizations.
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