Pipeline to the Future: Succession and Performance Planning for Small Business
By: Stephen Drotter and John B. Prescott, AC
Small businesses have a huge challenge to perpetuate themselves. Based on 80 years of experience this book guides them in preparing for their likely future. It explains how to:
-plan for succession at all levels,
-strengthen the organization structure for business growth,
-improve leadership performance,
-build the right leadership team,
-select and develop the best people for every position.
Guiding principles with examples based on real life experience make this advice clear and easy to apply for leaders of small businesses.
About the Authors
Stephen Drotter is Chairman of the Leadership Pipeline Institute, which is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of and practices for developing leaders for current and future positions at all levels of an organization. For almost 50 years, Drotter has been working with succession and leadership development as an internal leader of the work and as an executive consultant with businesses, big and small, around the world. He started Drotter Human Resources in 1985 and focused on succession, organization, executive assessment, and leadership development to share what he had learned. He has served over 100 companies on five continents in 37 countries.
He is the author of The Performance Pipeline and co-author of international best seller The Leadership Pipeline, The Leadership Pipeline Revised and Updated, The Succession Pipeline, and The Succession Planning Handbook for the Chief Executive. Drotter has a degree in Economics from Amherst College and is a graduate of GE’s Human Resource Management Program..
John B. Prescott AC is an Australian business executive with wide international experience. His initial career was in human resources/ industrial relations but transitioned to business leadership when he became head of BHP Transport, then BHP Steel, and later MD and CEO of the parent company.
Prescott was chairman of the Australian Manufacturing Council, and the Victorian Government’s Workcover Authority’s Best Practice Health and Safety Program for industry. He was Deputy Chairman of the Business Council of Australia, and an advisor to the Australian Government on defense, as well as a member of that Government’s Remuneration Tribunal.
He held several international positions, where he made major contributions at senior management and board level to strategy, policy, human resource selection and development safety. Mr. Prescott holds a degree in Commerce (Industrial Relations) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). His awards include a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC), an Australian Centenary Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from UNSW. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
(2021, hardback, 170 pages)
"The key message of Pipeline to the Future: Succession and Performance Planning for Small Business is that the language and clearly defined strategies and processes associated with big business have value to the SME owner...Overall, it is a book that should be an easy read for even the busiest of business owners looking to hand on to the next generation." - Tui McKeown (2021): Pipeline to the future: succession and performance planning for small business, Small Enterprise Research, DOI: