In episode 73, Coffey talks with Lisa Blanton about succession and career development planning for organizations of all sizes.

They discuss the importance of long-term leadership planning to ensure successful transitions; what a succession plan looks like; why building a plan around the organization instead of building around roles is beneficial for the company long-term; how to identify talent within the company, and the return of investment of training and developing it; assessing soft and hard skills in potential leaders; and which metrics to keep in mind when investing in developing talent.

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Lisa Blanton

Lisa Blanton

After working for eight entrepreneurial companies in leadership roles of CFO, COO, and CHRO, Lisa Blanton started her own business guiding organizations to “be the company where everyone wants to work because of the leadership, culture, and contribution to the world.

She holds an MBA in Organizational Studies as well as four other Human Resource-related certifications and is known to pull out her tap shoes during sessions.

Lisa is an active volunteer in the HR Profession including currently the Co-Director of the Leadership Development Initiative for Texas SHRM and being on the Austin SHRM board of directors for six years including President in 2020.

Fun fact: in 2019, Lisa and her father authored a memoir of their adventures that inspires hope through determination and forgiveness called Raising Father.


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