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The leadership pipeline : how to build the leadership-powered company
Charan, Ram.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2001]

Physical Description:
xx, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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HD57.7 .C474 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Together, these authors have more first-hand experience in leadership development and succession planning than you're likely to find anywhere else. And here, they show companies how to create a pipeline of talent that will continuously fill their leadership needs-needs they may not even yet realize. The Leadership Pipeline delivers a proven framework for priming future leaders by planning for their development, coaching them, and measuring the results of those efforts. Moreover, the book presents a combination leadership-development/succession-planning program that ensures a steady line-up of leaders for every critical position within the company. It's an approach that bolsters the retention of intellectual capital as it eliminates the need to go outside for expensive "stars," who will probably jump ship before they reach their full potential anyway.

Author Notes

Ram Charan has been an advisor to CEOs & senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, DuPont, Citigroup, Ford & Allied Signal. Earlier in his career he was on the faculty at Harvard Business School & Northwestern University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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One of management's biggest challenges is finding new leaders, and one of the questions that arises in this quest is whether to bring in "new blood" and fresh ideas or take advantage of "home-grown" experts already acclimated to an organization's corporate culture. The current labor shortage and a greater willingness by younger workers to change jobs have only added to this challenge. Recent books such as High Flyers: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders (1998) and Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People [BKL Ag 00] have weighed in on the side of "growing your own," and now Charan and his coauthors add their support. Charan is a "leadership coach" and has written extensively for academic and popular business journals. He and two fellow consultants describe the natural hierarchy of work that exists in most organizations, which takes the form of six career passages that the authors call the "leadership pipeline." For leaders to progress, they must be working within each passage at a level appropriate to their skills, values, and use of time. --David Rouse

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Six Leadership Passages: An Overview
From Managing Self to Managing Others
From Managing Others to Managing Managers
From Managing Mangers to Functional Manager
From Functional Manager to Business Manager
From Business Manager to Group Manager
From Group Manager to Enterprise Manager
Diagnostics: Identifying Pipeline Problems and Possibilities
Performance Improvement: Clarifying Roles and Creating Performance Standards
Succession Planning
Identifying Potential Pipeline Failures
The Functional Career Passage
Benefits Up and Down the Line