The COVID-19 crisis and its continued impact has led many nonprofits to look at short-term “replacement/continuity planning” in the event someone falls ill which may also be leading to broader discussions about leadership development and succession. These fertile transitions offer the opportunity for nonprofit leaders to fully imagine future scenarios and to strengthen internal leadership development now, on-the-job. Keeping equity at the center requires teams to ask challenging questions, interrogate assumptions and how they play out in organizational practice, and work in new ways to create environments in which all talented staff are positioned to advance.

Our approach to succession begins with this shift in mindset about what “succession management” is, how it can become the backbone of the talent development system, and how race equity and succession planning are inextricably linked. When succession means the Executive Director or the CEO is planning to leave, we work with the board directly and coach the executive-in-transition to move through this emotional and complex process.

More specifically and practically, we teach the tools and practices to facilitate a robust succession management process inside the organization. This includes skills and content to:

  • Integrate new talent development, succession, and leadership practices
  • Launch a succession management plan for both staff and board, with an explicit race equity lens and methodology, clear equity-informed measures, and targeted outcomes
  • Recognize how racism and bias are embedded in current ways of seeing and how assumptions and biases influence how talent is developed in the organization
  • Diagnose adaptive challenges (factions, values, learning) and know how to disrupt unproductive patterns

A Selection of Our OFFERINGS

Strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Planning with Race at Center

Address your organization’s most pressing DEI-related challenges through an inclusive process that leads to concrete changes in management practices, systems and culture.

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Leadership Team Effectiveness in a Virtual Environment

Discover new ways to sustain relationships, foster intentional communication and make tough decisions as your team collaborates in a largely-virtual working environment.

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Whole Organization assessment

It starts with knowing where you are in your talent and leadership practices, and the effect these have on your organization’s internal culture and external impact.

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Talent Initiative

This intensive and holistic consulting, coaching and training program engages key leaders in aligning, assessing, planning for, and implementing a customized leadership development and talent management strategy. 

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Ready to Go - Executive level transitions for Boards and new CEOs

Perfect for a new c-suite or chief executive, will help the new executive transition into a facilitated process designed to generate early alignment and reduce the risk of a bumpy start.

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Leadership is A Verb

Realize your vision of building and sustaining a leadership culture that lives in every facet of your work and team.

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Leading From Center

Learn and practice key concepts and skills in adaptive leadership to exercise leadership in a range of contexts.

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Strengthening Organizational Culture and Design to Get Through and Thrive

Culture has to support purpose. Design has to support culture. The decisions and choices you make now will define your culture and the way things work well into the future.

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Equitable Leadership and Succession

Learn to work in new ways to create environments in which all talented staff are positioned to advance.

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Vice President of Talent On-Demand

This service provides tailored, efficient, flexible coaching coupled with access to AchieveMission’s library of talent management tools, templates and training materials.

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Executive Coaching for Transformation

Exercise leadership on what matters most, adapting and learning in real time.

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