William Rothwell at Best Practice Institute
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Dr. Rothwell leads a graduate emphasis in Workplace Learning and Performance. He had 20 years of full-time work experience in HR in both government and business before he became a consultant and university professor 18 years ago.

Best-known for his extensive and high-profile consulting work in Succession Planning, Organization Development, and Talent Management with dozens of organizations in the U.S. and around the world, William J. Rothwell is a frequent speaker or keynoter at conferences and seminars around the world. He has authored 70 books, and coauthored, edited, or co edited more than 300 books, book chapters and articles.


On-Demand Learning Sessions

Comparing Your Organization’s Succession Planning Program to Best Practice

Learning Session | Published: May 10, 2013

How does it differ from traditional management succession planning? Social relationship succession planning? Based on research and experience in working with many types of organizations for the past 25 years, William will share practical approaches to capture, preserve and communicate tacit knowledg...
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Moving Beyond Management Succession Planning to Technical Succession Planning

Learning Session | Published: May 06, 2013

What is succession planning? How does it differ from replacement planning, succession management, talent management, workforce planning, and Human Capital Management programs? Based on extensive research and experience in working with Fortune 500 organizations and others worldwide for the past 25 ye...
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Succession Planning in Difficult Times

Learning Session | Published: May 08, 2013

The U.S., and many nations, are undergoing difficult economic times. There is a temptation for managers to cut back on succession planning and talent management efforts. But there is a good chance that, as the stock market gradually improves at some point in the future, burned out baby boomers will ...
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Accelerated Talent Management: Utilizing Whole System Transformation Methodology

Learning Session | Published: April 30, 2013

Traditional talent management programs often fail because much essential infrastructure to support it is missing. (About 70 percent of all talent management programs fail in the first 3 years.) Accelerated talent management (ATM) is a planned approach to accelerating the success of talent managemen...
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Next Practices in Talent Reviews & Succession Planning

Learning Session | Published: August 06, 2015

Identifying, assessing and selecting the right candidates are key critical steps to shrink internal capability gaps and win this war on talent. Does your organization have critical replacement strategies, communicate a clear picture of role expectations, provide purposeful exposure and development a...
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Senior Executive Board Benchmark-It Promotion Potential Assessment

Learning Session | Published: July 12, 2016

Assessing potential for promotion is an important issue in succession planning and in talent management. How is it possible to know if someone can assume more responsibility in a job with higher responsibility if the employer has never seen the person do that job? That is often the challenge. Yet th...
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Succession Planning in an Age of Black Swan Events

Learning Session | Published: April 23, 2020

Research has shown that fewer than 50 percent of organizations have working succession plans even in the best of times. But continuity planning—which includes replacement planning and succession planning—is particularly important in age of black swan events in which seemingly unimportant events ...
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