Category Archives: Succession

Conflict and succession

Margaret Beaton

Relationships seldom evolve as planned or expected. Conflict and succession are fellow travellers. Whether the succession relationship is between two people, e.g. between incumbent and putative successor, or in a group like a family business, a professional partnership or an executive team, research and experience show that prevention is better than cure. The fundamental cause … [Read More]

 

Succession transitions

Margaret Beaton

In my work as an executive coach succession and the related transitions for the people on each side of the process are omnipresent. Yet much of the time neither the person trying to let go, nor the person wanting to step up, adequately understands what’s involved in successful succession and the time it takes. Successful … [Read More]

 

No firm or partner is immune to succession challenges

Margaret Beaton

My recent in-depth interviews with senior leaders of a cross-section of professional service firms probed issues relating to the approaches of firms and individual partners the ‘third stage years’. This Communiqué shares what I learned and offers a structured approach to win-win-win management of succession.The context of my research is two-fold. First, the ‘boomer bulge’ … [Read More]

 

More on step up by managing up

Margaret Beaton

As a thank you to all those who have written to say how useful you found the Step up by managing up post, here’s a link to a terrific supplementary resource. John Gabarro and John Kotter are among the many great Harvard Business School professors. They coined the idea ‘mutual dependence of the participants’ in what I … [Read More]

 

Step up by managing up

Margaret Beaton

If you want make your way upwards, climb the organisational ladder, build your business or grow your practice, you have to learn to manage up. The majority of my clients are pursuing careers in organisations characterised by hierarchical levels. As a younger manager or partner for you to move towards the top level you have … [Read More]

 

The two-way street

Margaret Beaton

I was interested to read in the Harvard Business Review last month an article entitled “The relationship you need to get right” (HBR, Oct 2011) – all about how the relationship between sponsor and protégé works best when it helps both parties. As you can read in my previous post on this blog, “Making the … [Read More]

 

Making the Master-Apprentice model work for you

Margaret Beaton

There’s a proven and centuries-old way of building intellectual capital in organisations. It is one of the most efficient ways for staff to cultivate their learning capacity and remain engaged and motivated. It’s the Master-Apprentice model. The theory is simple: as a master, you develop others, and as an apprentice, you learn from your supervisors … [Read More]

 

Letting go. Stepping up.

Margaret Beaton

It’s an exciting time. I’m building my practice, Beaton Executive Coaching, and have just launched my new website. And I’ve also decided that after years of writing ideas down on bits of paper and filing them away, I’m going to start writing them down here, to share with friends, colleagues and clients. It’s a new adventure and … [Read More]