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]