Excellence at Work Episode 235: BTS Talks About Succession Planning

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Excellence at Work Episode 235: BTS Talks About Succession Planning

Topic: Succession planning for executives and leaders

Speakers: Sarah Woods – Head of Office for BTS Boston

Lisa Sprenkle – Executive Advisor and Consultant, BTS Boston

Michael Lehman – Senior Director at BTS


Topics include:

  • Defining succession planning
  • Why do succession management processes for leaders fail?
  • How can we ensure they thrive?
  • What are the top 5 success factors that promote or derail senior leader succession?
  • What’s changed about executive succession during the pandemic?
  • What’s changing about succession management or executive succession today?
  • What are the 3 things leaders need to do to ensure their succession planning helps them achieve the future they envision?
  • Insights from each speaker’s journey
  • And more!

To read the Executive Interview from the podcast with Sarah Woods, Lisa Sprenkle, and Michael Lehman, download the pdf here:https://go.brandonhall.com/BTS_EI_235

Sarah Woods is the Head of Office for BTS Boston, formerly Bates Communications, a global consultancy that improves performance through communicative leadership. Sarah leads major client relationships and provides advisory and consulting to boards, CEOs and their teams, and provides oversight for the office and our business targets. Prior to joining Bates in 2007, Sarah spent over 20 years as a sales/marketing leader within global businesses, start-ups, and consultancies. She has served on the leadership teams of multiple start-up companies, consulting to CEOs on communicating key value messages and developing corporate sales strategies. A dynamic keynote speaker and thought leader, Sarah has been quoted in dozens of publications including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Business Review USA and The Standard.


Lisa Sprenkle is an Executive Advisor and Consultant with BTS Boston. She partners with clients from nonprofits to global Fortune 100 companies to develop outstanding leaders and effective teams for positive organizational impact. She works closely with Boards and senior leaders to align leadership needs with strategy, identify gaps and implement a process to ensure the right leadership is in place.

Prior to joining BTS Bates, Lisa was a founding Partner in DHR International’s Leadership Consulting practice. She developed the Board Evaluation, Succession Planning, Onboarding and Team Effectiveness IP, managed the Executive Coaching process, and led business development and client delivery. Prior to DHR, Lisa was a partner in a boutique consulting firm and held consulting management positions at Deloitte, Andersen, and Willis Towers Watson.


Michael Lehman has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing assessment solutions for roles spanning from individual contributors to C-Suite executives for selection, succession, and development. Michael also provides consulting services related to developing high-performing leadership teams. He has provided consulting services to clients in over 25 countries. Currently, Michael is responsible for BTS Leader Labs which are used by clients to develop their leaders’ understanding of strategy, business/financial acumen, and leadership skills.


BTS is a global professional services firm that partners with clients to enable strategy execution. We provide the skills, tools, and knowledge so people understand how their daily work impacts business results. We are experts in behavior change, care deeply about delivering results and inspire people to do the best work of their lives. It’s strategy made personal. For more information, please visit www.bts.com


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