Build the Talent and Leadership Pipeline Your Organisation Needs for Sustainable Future Growth

Succession planning is an objective, intentional, and systematic effort. By identifying and developing current and future leaders, you can ensure leadership continuity and execute your organization’s strategic priorities. In other words, it helps current leaders and HR stakeholders answer these two critical questions: 

Who should lead? And when?

Building a strong leadership pipeline requires talent that is nurtured and developed at all levels in alignment with an organisation’s business strategy. This is the best way to ensure individual readiness and support future growth.

HCI’s Succession Planning & Talent Development certification program is designed to help you align your organisation’s succession planning and talent development efforts with your business strategy using a practical but compelling framework to guide your team’s efforts.


What You’ll Learn


Define succession planning objectives that solve for current challenges and align with organisational strategies


Understand the needs of your talent segments and target organisational levels intentionally


Identify leaders objectively with data and analytics and evaluate performance of succession planning objectives


Develop continuously to ensure retention and readiness for current and future roles

What to Expect

Select virtual or in-person training dates and times that fit your schedule

Finish your HCI program with a free toolkit, access to additional videos and research, and a set of skills that you can use on the job immediately

Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile

Chat and interact with faculty and peers in person or via Zoom

Earn your HCI certification by attending all the sessions, completing all classwork, and passing the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher

Renew your HCI certification every three years by obtaining 60 credits

Attend this certification program and earn 13 HCI, 13 HRCI, 13 SHRM, and 12 ATD recertification credits

Earn Your Human Capital Strategy Credential

Build the in-demand strategic capabilities you need to advance your HR career and lead the future of HR in only 18 months. You’ll take three core programs and two strategic accelerators as well as complete mentoring and an advised portfolio project. Graduates of this program demonstrate a breadth of HR knowledge and capabilities to bring wherever they go.

While our courses are primarily online, we understand that everyone’s needs are unique. That’s why we also offer in-person options to cater to your specific requirements.

Interested in learning more?

Contact us to discuss how we can meet your needs with pricing options, whether it is at your location or a suitable off-site location.

£1,970 per delegate

Course Outline I Day 1 I 9.30 – 16.30 (GMT)

Getting Started


Objectives and course agenda


Set the Stage

Align human capital strategy with business strategy

What is succession?

Purpose of succession planning

Burning platform for succession planning

Challenges to succession planning

HCI’s Succession Planning Framework


Why build a succession plan?

Alignment with organisational strategy

The current state of leadership

Set succession and development objectives


Determine which roles to plan for

Historic approach to succession planning and development and where those created risks

How strategy drives selection of succession roles

Role segmentation

Course Outline I Day 2 I 9.30 – 16.30 (GMT)


The business case for assessment

Determine and validate criteria for a role

Sources of information used in succession planning

How to assess

Dimensions of assessment

Integrate D&I into the assessment process

Assess through talent review

Talent review meetings

The role of talent pools

Manage vacancies in your succession plan

Track talent inventory data

Assess/measure performance of your succession planning efforts

The use of technology


Trends in development

6 B’s and organizational development

The impact of organizational culture

Increase successor readiness

Key stakeholders in the development process

Competency models/leadership capability frameworks

Career pathing

Early identification of potential future talent

Integration with talent management

Manage change

Bring Succession Planning to Life

Talent readiness is everyone’s job

Move stakeholders from compliance to commitment

Roles and responsibilities of leaders

Action plans

The unique partnership with talent acquisition

Metrics for succession planning and talent development


Best practices

Gallery walk

Action planning for the future

Your Choices


We know solving complex issues requires serious effort; however, using the Lego® Serious Play Method ®, we help teams unlock the power of work-play, improve engagement, and ignite better outcomes.



We elevate and ease your learning journey by combining leading practices, videos, thinking tools and quizzes that help simplify complexity and increase your personal power and business confidence. 



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We work with individuals and teams on their unique challenges and opportunities, accelerating and improving how to generate value and confidence for themselves and others.


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