If you plan to browse our library collections for a book on leadership change, take a look at Chief Executive Transitions: How to Hire and Support a Nonprofit CEO, a guide written by Don Tebbe. The guide can help you think about steps in the planning process. For example:
- What does the board need to do during the first five days after the initial announcement? Tebbe includes a list of initial steps for both planned and sudden departures.
- Will you need a temporary chief executive? A chapter explores the responsibilities of interim executives and discusses qualifications.
- Have you developed a transition timeline? The appendix contains a sample timeline that starts from the executive’s 90 days’ notice and ends 18 months later when the executive committee performs an annual review.
- What do you need to include in the orientation packet? Tebbe lists the policies, filings, financial statements, and other key documents that the new chief executive might examine.
The guide is published by BoardSource, and you will find it in our libraries under the call number: 610 TEB CHI
If you are interested in other resources related to this topic, view the Foundation Center’s topical resource list on succession planning.