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Keys to Succession: Planning, Talent Acquisition, Development, and Deployment
[White Paper]

By Ron Bates 

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Succession is critical to enduring corporate performance. This white paper intorduces an efficient and effective Succession: Planning, Acquisition and Development Model. A natural question that comes up about the topic of succession is: Do we recruit or promote? One key objective of succession planning is ensuring The Peter Principle doesn't materialize: "In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his [or her] level of incompetence." That said, the need to enable HR to credibly drive an efficient and effective succession planning, acquisition and development process is key to success ... more.


An expert in mission critical retained executive search, Ron Bates is a Managing Principal with the retained executive search firm Ron Bates co-founded the 21st Century Leadership Transformation firm Executive Advantage Group, Inc. ( in 2001 providing retained executive search and leadership transformation consulting. With 28 years of industry experience, Ron's background includes 13 years of retained executive search experience as a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, and Managing Director with Spherion. Ron’s management background also includes full P&L responsibility, sales management and consulting management, hardware and systems product development management roles with Hewlett-Packard, TRW, Raytheon, Mentor Graphics and Computer Vision. His sales and engineering experience spans hardware and systems development, and process assessment and reengineering consulting.

In addition to his role at Executive Advantage Group, Ron is also Executive Director, Global Sourcing & Recruiting Network with With a 25-year legacy as a leading provider of executive peer networks to more than 225 large mostly global corporations –Executive Networks is focused on building the world's foremost constellation of HR-related executive peer networks.

Ron has also coached former EMC, Deloitte Consulting, IBM, SAP, Merck, E&Y, Harte Hanks, Oracle, Red Hat, WorldCom et al. executives responsible for multi-billion dollar business units, and co-founded, a self guided executive coaching process and resume development toolset.

A recognized expert in on-line networking, Ron has been an invited speaker at venues such as the Human Capital Institute, Marketing Executive Networking Group, British American Business Council, Expert Connections, Business of Success Radio and Netshare’s "Ask the Coach", and most recently Ron's interview was included in Leadership Without Borders: Successful Strategies From World-Class Leaders, by Ed Cohen, © 2007 John Wiley & Sons.

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