In episode 79, Coffey talks with Deb Calvert about improving succession planning to identify and prepare potential leaders.

They discuss the 9-box model for succession planning; the challenge of objectively measuring potential; the risk of developing and losing talent;  how to improve the current 9-box model; and effective ways to communicate succession planning to employees; 

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They discuss significant changes in employment in the past three years; common mistakes employers make when it comes to exempt vs. non-exempt employees; the Hewitt v. Helix Fair Labor Standards Act case and other overtime pay regulations; the impact of non-delegation cases and challenges to the Chevron doctrine; likely changes to the independent contractor test; the potential penalties if an employer loses an FLSA case; and the importance of staying abreast of regulatory and legal decisions impacting how employees are classified and paid.

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Deb Calvert

Deb Calvert

Deb Calvert, president of People First Productivity Solutions and founder of People First Leadership Academy, is an ICF-Certified Executive Coach and Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®.

Previously, Deb was an HR Director with a Fortune 500 company. She works with clients to build organizational effectiveness by developing leaders, improving team cohesiveness, and strengthening soft skills.

Deb has been recognized as “One of the 65 Most Influential Women in Business” by Treeline.

1 Comment

  1. Robert

    The linked article regarding the 9-Box model is eye-opening and definitely worth the read. Far too many employees are shoved into one of the red boxes and stay there because the related perceptions rarely change regardless of how the employee performs.


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