Succession Planning Essentials: Preparing Your Lab for the Coming Wave of Retiring Managers and Staff

How to prepare new talent for the looming retirement of baby-boomer lab managers

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Jeff Smith
Priscilla Cherry

Jeff Smith, Vice-President of Leadership Development,  Slone Partners
Priscilla Cherry, President, Laboratory Services, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN

If your laboratory doesn’t have a succession plan, your operational and financial viability could be in jeopardy. That’s because many baby boomers working in your lab are already eligible for Social Security and are beginning to retire, leaving you with the difficult task of finding good people to replace them.

You still have time to cushion the impact of pending retirements in your laboratory. Simple succession planning steps can pay big dividends. That’s why you and your staff will want to listen in to this first-ever audio conference recording on “Succession Planning Essentials: Preparing Your Lab for the Coming Wave of Retiring Managers and Staff,” that was held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

You and your team will learn the A-to-Z of effective succession planning, including the importance of starting with cornerstone managers-bench supervisors and department heads-then moving up the ladder to top-level lab managers and executives. You’ll also get tips to help you craft the best succession plan for each management level.

Your guide for this one-of-a-kind audio conference is Jeff Smith, Vice President of Leadership Development at Slone Partners. His considerable experience at succession planning and management development means you’ll get up-to-the-minute advice and recommendations on crafting the most effective succession-planning program for your laboratory.

Master the basics of creating a winning succession plan. Hear case studies that give you a better understanding of the most powerful techniques for choosing the right succession candidates. And explore mentoring programs that can help soon-to-be-retiring managers fast track their designated replacements.

Remember that each retirement robs your lab of “institutional knowledge,” along with each manager’s hard-to-replace skills. Which is why succession planning is now a high-stakes priority for every lab and pathology group in the country-including yours.

Order Your CD today to listen in and share with your team what was the most important laboratory succession-planning event of the year.

Order NOW!Don’t forget that you can also hear the best question-and-answer session questions to our speaker,  so make sure all your team members are listening with you. It’s another reason why this conference will provide a good launching pad for generating enthusiasm and focusing your efforts on creating a winning succession plan for your lab.

As the retirement of your best lab managers looms ever nearer, it is imperative that your laboratory be ahead of events and prepare for the transition to new management talent. Let Jeff Smith guide you through the best practices of succession planning. Reserve your CD today for this very special audio conference recording!


DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
COST: $245 per 90 min digital CD
TO REGISTER/ORDER: Click here or call 1-800-560-6363 toll-free

For one low price-just $245-you and your entire team can take part in this fast-paced, insightful audio conference.

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Here’s just some of what you’ll learn during this valuable 90-minute audio conference:

  • How to create the best succession plan for your lab: Where to start and what to do next.
  • Effective ways to assess performance and identify staff with the greatest management potential.
  • Unlocking the power of coaching to put promising employees on the fast track to management and leadership success in your lab.
  • Practical tips on the conversations lab leaders should have with their most promising management candidates.
  • Proven techniques to achieve buy-in from key stakeholders on your succession-planning program.
  • Why the right succession plan is your secret weapon in recruiting and retaining top-performing lab professionals.
  • The right way (and the wrong way) to build a succession plan into your lab’s career ladder for employees at all levels.
  • Secrets of communication: Explaining how your succession plan can open career pathways for top performers.
  • Understand the “core-competency matrix”: How it helps you find your lab’s most overlooked or underappreciated management potential.

…and much more!

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Your audio conference registration includes:

  • A site license to attend the conference (invite as many people as you can fit around your speakerphone at no extra charge)
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from our speakers
  • A full transcript emailed to you soon after the conference

ORDER Your CD Now! Or for more information, call us toll-free at 800-560-6363.

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Jeffrey M. Smith is Vice-President of Leadership Development for Slone Partners. He also provides leadership training and consulting for Titan Management University. He consults with laboratories across the United States on ways to enhance productivity and increase teamwork among the workforce. Mr. Smith comes to Slone after almost 5 years of successful HR and Operations experience at Carilion Clinic where he was in charge of HR for the growing Carilion Labs company. Mr. Smith previously oversaw the HR departments in the community hospitals for Carilion as well as the HR Consulting group. His areas of expertise in HR include: organizational development, organizational change, succession planning, executive coaching, team-building, leadership development and recruiting. In recent years, Mr. Smith has given speeches for the Executive War College, CLMA Thinklab, ASCLS, G-2, and Kennedy Recruiting on such topics as executive and leadership development, succession planning, teambuilding, change management and strategic recruiting. He will share best practices and solutions that he has seen in the industry.

Priscilla Cherry

Priscilla Cherry

Priscilla Cherry is currently the President of Laboratory Services for Fairview Health Services, an integrated health system headquartered in Minneapolis. The system has more than 19,000 employees and includes seven hospitals with more than 2,500 licensed beds, including an academic teaching hospital along with 50 primary care and 37 specialty care clinics. Cherry is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the multifaceted integrated laboratory system. Her expertise is strategic development and management of laboratory systems. Formerly she was Director of Consulting for Premier, Inc, a group purchasing organization based out of Charlotte, North Carolina and prior to that, she was regional laboratory administrator for Kaiser Permanente – Ohio region. Cherry has a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a registered medical technologist with a certificate in Lean processes for healthcare from the University Of Michigan School Of Engineering.

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