Succession Planning: Securing Your Organization’s Future with TalentClick

Succession Planning: Securing Your Organization’s Future with TalentClick


In today’s fast-paced and changing working climate, the need for succession planning strategies to backfill positions and mitigate risks caused by turnover is more important than ever. Research consistently underscores the pivotal role that strategic succession planning plays in not only sustaining but also propelling business growth. 33% of hiring managers anticipate employee turnover to increase within the next twelve months costing organizations upwards of $100,000 in lost productivity and costs to rehire.

Organizations that prepare and excel in succession planning report a 2.2 times higher effectiveness in delivering financial results and a remarkable capacity to manage the risks associated with unplanned leadership transitions. TalentClick helps empower organizations to harness the potential of their people!   By helping to identify a pipeline of potential leaders and leadership development strategies, we help steer organizations toward sustained success and resilience in the face of employee turnover.

The Basics of Succession Planning

Definition and Key Components of Effective Succession Planning

Succession planning is the process of identifying, preparing, and developing new leaders for key roles within the organization. With these plans in place, there is minimal disruption during leadership restructuring or turnover. The key components for effective succession planning include: 

  • Understanding critical roles within the organization
  • Identifying potential candidates internally and externally
  • Assessing their skills against the requirements of these roles
  • Preparing these individuals through development and learning opportunities

The Role of Succession Planning in Risk Management and Organizational Sustainability

A well-structured succession plan safeguards an organization against the unexpected departure of key personnel, ensuring that the organization continues running with minimal disruptions. It’s a core part of risk management, critical for maintaining continuity, retaining institutional knowledge, and ensuring organizational sustainability. Having an effective succession planning process helps an organization retain their talent, allows employees to continue to perform during employee changes, and reduces the costs of transitions (source). 

The TalentClick Advantage in Succession Planning

The Importance of Assessing Behavioral Traits and Workstyles for Succession Planning

66% of companies invest in programs that aim to identify high-potential employees and help them advance, but only 24% of senior executives at those firms consider the programs to be a success.  According to Harvard Business Review’s research, the problem isn’t the lack of internal talent, but rather the ability to develop leaders. 

Determining leadership competencies and understanding an individual’s behavioral traits and workstyle is an important first step in successful succession planning and leadership development. Whether measuring leadership competencies or personality, certain traits are better predictors of success in leadership roles than others. Understanding an employee’s potential for team leadership, achievement, and collaboration is the starting point for determining an individual’s potential to develop into an effective leader.

Identifying Leadership Potential with TalentClick

How TalentClick’s Assessments Uncover Hidden Leadership Qualities

TalentClick provides validated, innovative assessments designed to identify and nurture leadership potential within organizations. TalentClick’s Leadership Profile (LP) is a powerful tool to help develop and retain existing leaders in your organization. A detailed report provides insights into workstyle, business reasoning, and conflict management skills – providing coaching and management tips to help future leaders grow and develop. 

TalentClick has a full suite of leadership assessments to help organizations identify leadership potential in existing employees and potential new hires. By leveraging psychometric assessments and analytics, TalentClick helps uncover the inherent leadership qualities and behavioral traits that can predict success in leadership roles, helping organizations plan for the future of key roles.

Case Studies of Successful Leadership Identification Using TalentClick

Transportation industry personality assessment

Organizations across various industries have leveraged TalentClick’s solutions to remarkable effect. For instance, a top transportation company was able to reduce time to hire, and improve fit for roles by using TalentClick’s AVP and Leadership Profile. Read the full story

A global retailer was also able to develop more first-time managers during their busy season allowing them to grow and gain confidence in their roles:

We have a high volume of applicants when hiring for peak seasons, so this saves us a great deal of time in the screening process.  We were able to hire strong associates during our busy season quickly and without any issues with performance. Results from the assessments were very accurate and provided great insight.  We have a lot of first-time managers, and it helps them interview with better questions to dig into certain areas. My team really valued and appreciated having a tool to help them grow and gain confidence in their leadership decision making.”

–Store Manager, Retailer —


Implementing TalentClick Assessments in Your Succession Plan

3 Steps to Integrate TalentClick Assessments into Your Existing Succession Planning Process

TalentClick assessments are built to be easy-to-use and easy-to-action. Integrating leadership assessments into a succession planning process can be done in 3 steps:

  1. Determine the critical roles and competencies needed for leadership within your organization.
  2. Utilize TalentClick’s Leadership Profile to evaluate potential candidates from within or outside the organization.
  3. Analyze and action the assessment data to guide decision-making.

Best Practices for Using Assessment Data to Make Informed Decisions

Using assessment data effectively involves looking beyond the scores and understanding the behavioral patterns that indicate leadership potential. Consider how these traits align with the organization’s culture and leadership needs. Using “Ideal Profile” benchmarks and Fit Scores is a great way to help save time when interpreting reports. 

Nurturing Future Leaders

Strategies for Developing Identified Talent Within Your Organization

Once potential leaders are identified, it’s essential to provide them with personalized and targeted development opportunities. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t effective.  Instead, create mentorship programs, leadership training, and stretch assignments that prepare employees for the challenges ahead AND align with their career goals. Providing future leaders with participant versions of their Leadership Profile can provide them with self-coaching tips and insights to get them started on developing their leadership skills.

The Role of Continuous Evaluation and Adjustment in Succession Planning

Succession planning is not a one-time event but a continuous process of evaluation and adjustment. Organizations need to regularly review their succession plans and adapt them based on changes in their environment, strategy, workforce, and employee expectations.


Effective succession planning is crucial for the long-term success and sustainability of any organization. TalentClick’s tools and assessments offer an advantage in identifying and developing future leaders. By assessing behavioral traits and workstyles, and implementing personalized development strategies with leadership reports, organizations can ensure they are well-prepared.

Experience the difference with TalentClick’s assessments and tools. Evaluate your succession planning strategy and enhance it with our Leadership Profile tool today. Ensure your organization’s leadership pipeline is robust, resilient, and ready for the future.