This week we’re talking about something that many small organizations don’t really think about (enough)…succession planning.

We have seen many organizations struggle after their leader leaves and we’re happy to have Lianne Picot, with over 25 years of experience as a practitioner, executive director and CEO talk about succession planning when there is no obvious person to succeed you. She learned the hard way that all of your blood, sweat and tears can quickly be wiped away when you leave an organization without proper succession planning.

In this episode, listen for:

  • All the reasons why organizations don’t focus on succession planning and why they should
  • What it means to “future proof” your organization and ensure operational consistency
  • Easy ways to improve organizational development in your nonprofit…TODAY!
  • How to build managerial capacity
  • The truth about failure in your organization

You might not think this applies to you, but trust us, succession planning is essential to future proofing your organization and making sure your work has a lasting impact. Lianne shows us that succession planning isn’t necessarily about thinking of successors, but more about organizational development.

Thank you to Lianne Picot for changing the way we approach succession planning in a way that makes sense and is structured for success! We hope you join us in the next episode!

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Resources from this Episode

Lianne’s program is the Leadership Leap.
You can also connect with Lianne Picot at or find out more about her services at and
Watch Lianne’s past webinars for CharityVillage: The Importance of Self Care and Increasing Employee Engagement Through Storytelling
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Cindy Wagman spent 15 years as an in-house fundraiser at organizations large and small before founding The Good Partnership – a boutique fundraising firm focused on small nonprofits. She has worked in social justice, health, arts, and education organizations. She has overseen and executed everything from annual campaigns to multi-million dollar gifts. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 2009 and received her MBA from Rotman at the University of Toronto in 2013.

With more than ten years of experience in development, staff and stakeholder management, strategic thinking, partnerships, board governance, and program development, Aine McGlynn is a diversely talented, self-starter committed to finding creative solutions in unexpected places. Aine holds a PhD from U of T and has a history of academic publishing, along with her decade of nonprofit sector experience. She is a practitioner-scholar focused on how to help nonprofits build their capacity to be successful at fundraising.