People + Strategy Journal

Fall 2021

Rebuilding the C-Suite

Succession planning as a discipline is stale and its outputs are largely undifferentiated from those 30 years ago. But the world has shifted on its axis, and it is time for a different array of strategies, tactics—and results.



Directors Failing to Act Is the Biggest Barrier to the Boardroom
Rusty O’Kelley and Dean Stamoulis, 
Russell Reynolds Associates’ Board and CEO Advisory Partners, 
and PJ Neal, Russell Reynolds Associates’ Center for Leadership Insight

Stephen Miles, The Miles Group, and Deb Bubb, Optum

Charles Tharp and Kenneth Freeman, 
Boston University Questrom School of Business


Message from the President 
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
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From the Executive Editor 
David Reimer

The Big Question
Executives Must Create the Leaders to Fill Their Shoes
John Flint, Ernest W. Marshall, Jr., and Marty Wikstrom


In First Person

Directors Roundtable
Moderator: Adam Bryant
Participants: Robert Eckert, Dambisa Moyo, Georgia Nelson

Linking Theory + Practice
Anthony J. Nyberg, Adam L. Steinbach, Bradley A. Winn

The Takeaway: A Discussion Guide