Developing Multiple and Objective Selection Criteria for Replacement Candidates.

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Succession management is essentially a prediction of the future – who will eventually grow into a successful executive or critical role-holder? As such, the adoption of formal, structured criteria for determining successors and HIPOs is a key element in ensuring a more accurate succession management process. There are five primary criteria to consider that offer the best likelihood of accuracy in the long run.

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Annual evaluation ratings are the most common criteria but should be used with caution. First, as the succession process is trying to assess future potential, past performance is a look back, not forward.  Second, a single year’s rating might be a result of good market conditions or fortune, an easy-grading supervisor, or a particularly motivating set of goals for that individual. As such, multiple years (three) of excellent ratings are recommended. Third, ratings tend to rise as an individual completes multiple years in a role (as what it takes to succeed in a role is learned), so it should be expected that a third or fourth-year incumbent receiving higher ratings may not translate to potential for success in a more demanding role. 

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