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About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.

Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  March 11, 2010

A Field Day For Consultants And Coaches

Given the high unemployment rate, you’d think organizations would have plenty of bench strength.  Not so, according to 212 large and mid-sized companies responding to OI Partners survey.  Findings include:

  • 54% of companies in the survey said they do not have enough qualified successors now working for them to succeed their executives and managers.
  • Only 32% of companies report currently having enough management successors in place.

What to do?  Look within and develop high potential employees already employed according to 72% of respondents.  Poaching is still popular, as 40% cite raiding their competitors for new talent.

This is what I call a problem with a price tag.  Executive development folks are going to have some fun this year…and so will recruitment specialists, and diversity experts.  Design your offerings accordingly.


About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.