Grow Your Own Leaders by W.C. Byham, et al

Finding and attracting quality leaders is becoming more and more difficult in our increasingly competitive business world. The answer, it would seem, is to try and grow your own. Fortunately, this is exactly what Grow Your Own Leaders sets out to do, using a technique that has numerous advantages over traditional succession planning.

The process concentrates on developing competencies, rather than grooming for a particular role, by using short-term assignments and executive coaching, with an emphasis on performance measurement and accountability.

Because it addresses the issues of succession planning from an enterprise rather than a job perspective, the process is able to cope with the rapid pace of organisational change inherent in today’s commercial environment.

Drawing on the experiences of three senior members of Development Dimensions International and the company’s relationship with over 1,600 organisations, the book is all you need to get your own acceleration pool up and running.

Meticulously researched and well laid out, it presents easy-to-follow instructions in plain English. It is packed with facts, data and interesting anecdotes, illustrated with clear diagrams and summarised in table form wherever possible. It is also well indexed, so you can pick at it when the need arises, or read it in its entirety.

At the front of the book is a section to help you map your way through the 376 pages according to your level of interest. Senior executives need only read six chapters, but HR professionals should read the whole book.

The authors admit the volume is longer than envisaged, but they still have more to tell. They direct readers to a website containing supplementary information, updates and a discussion forum.

Guaranteed to make you rethink traditional models of succession planning, Grow Your Own Leaders concentrates on accelerated development, minimal bureaucracy and reduced paper churning. It is a must for the resource strategist and of interest to anyone involved in recruiting and development.

Grow Your Own Leaders
By W.C. Byham, et al
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pages: 376, Price: £21.99, ISBN: 0-13-009398-X Reviewed by Alison Norris
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Alison Norris is a personnel manager at Wealth Management Software. She is currently reading Balancing Work & Life, by Robert Holden and Ben Renshaw.


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