Succession Planning

Identifying successors for senior positions is a critical undertaking for any business. You need a fair and objective process to select and develop the best leaders. At Psychological Associates, we use our proven suite of data-driven solutions to create robust and individually tailored Succession Planning processes. We’ve honed our approach for nearly six decades, refining it into a solution you can trust.

Succession Planning

How Does Your Succession Plan Measure Up?

The future comes fast, so it pays to plan ahead. Our Succession Readiness Survey takes just a few minutes and can help you identify your plan's strengths, as well as areas for improvement (with expert advice).

Key Components of Succession Planning

Because we have helped thousands of companies select and develop their next generation of leaders, we know that no two succession plans look the same. When building a succession plan that suits the unique needs of your organization, we start with our key components:


We seek to become familiar with your organization. Our in-depth Discovery phase focuses specifically on your culture, competencies, and corporate structure, among other relevant details.

Implementing Executive Development

After assisting you with identification, we offer executive coaching and targeted training solutions as part of our comprehensive approach to talent development. We can help your executives increase their effectiveness by attending our acclaimed leadership development programs.

Gauging Your Organization's Bench Strength

We combine specific tools, such as our Assessment for High-Potentials and 360° feedback, to evaluate your bench strength and identify individuals poised to step into key leadership positions.

Measuring Results

Psychological Associates uses a follow-up structure to measure executive growth. Our team development solutions facilitate improved performance and 360° feedback reports provide follow-up data to track progress over time.

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What Our Clients Say

“Western has partnered with Psychological Associates to create and implement defined succession planning and leadership development. What once was informal and subjective is now guided by metrics and structure. PA helped us put a plan in place to ensure we have a pipeline of qualified managers and leaders to drive our future success.”

“Psychological Associates not only helps select the right candidate for the role, but also provides the development plan and coaching card that jump starts the acclimation process for a key executive on day one. This provides the executive with guardrails around how to lead in the new culture and a plan to quickly scale the learning curve.”

Our Succession Research Findings May Surprise You

While the vast majority of survey respondents agree succession planning is important, over a third had not put formal processes in place to identify and develop key leaders. And over 60% admitted that it is not clear who is next in line to fill key leadership roles within their organization.

Why don’t organizational leaders act on this vital strategic practice when we know they’ve acknowledged its importance? There are many reasons, but when a key leader leaves unexpectedly, or the world slides into an unexpected pandemic, the companies who planned ahead are the ones who come out on top.

Succession Case Studies

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How to identify and develop talent among both senior management and high potentials.

How to create an effective process to develop the next generation of leaders.

Let's Discuss Your Unique Situation

Every succession situation is different. We'd love to learn more about yours and find out how we can help you attain success. Please call us at 314-725-7771, or email us by clicking the button below.