Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold


Leaders leave. It’s inevitable. It might even happen today. Are you prepared?

Every organization needs a plan for leadership succession, but few leaders know how to start the process. WHO COMES NEXT? solves that problem and easily guides you through the steps of creating and implementing a viable succession plan.

This essential guidebook simplifies the process and gives you the tools you need to build and activate your leadership succession. You’ll find a comprehensive action plan, a library of all the tools needed to develop and sustain your plan, and a resource guide. You’ll learn how to:

    • Communicate with customers about the change
    • Identify talent gaps in your succession plan
    • Decide which succession planning model to adapt
    • Find your next generation of leadership within your organization
    • Handle the unique emotional complexities of succession in a family-owned business

Whether you are part of a small, family business, a Fortune 500 company or a non-profit, you need to start now by answering the question: WHO COMES NEXT?

Buy the book.

Author Bios

Mary C. Kelly | Ph.D., Commander, U.S. Navy (ret)
CEO, Productive Leaders

Mary specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity, especially in finance, insurance, real estate, and manufacturing. One of the first female graduates of the Naval Academy, Mary served 25 years on active duty, mostly in Asia, leading multi-cultural teams in nine countries.

Mary has been a leadership and economics professor at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University. She has written 13 business books, including her best-seller, Master Your World (named a “must-read” by MENSA and MOAA), and her latest award winner, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success (profiled in Forbes and Success magazines). Today, Mary is a popular conference keynote speaker and leadership adviser working with businesses, associations, and government agencies.

Meridith Elliott Powell | M.B.A.
Business Growth, Sales and Leadership Expert

Meridith is a business strategist, keynote speaker, and award-winning author with expertise in business growth, sales, and leadership strategies. She has been named One of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to Watch by Currency Fair and One of the Top 20 Sales Experts To Follow by LinkedIn. She has earned a number of prestigious accreditations including Master Certified Strategist, Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional (a designation held by less than 12% of professional speakers), and Master Certified DISC Trainer and Coach.

Meridith shares her business expertise with organizations through cutting-edge messages rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of five books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (USA Best Book Awards finalist) and Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose. Her latest book, The Best Sales Book Ever! received the coveted Gold Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association.

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