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Time for better planning

Published:Wednesday | May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing a cadre of talented people to fill critical leadership positions both in government and in the corporate world. Effective succession planning involves developing the knowledge base, skills and abilities of middle managers in preparation for promotion into more challenging roles.

While it can be argued that the Jamaican private sector takes succession planning seriously, the same cannot be said for the Government in Jamaica.

Over the years, successive governments in Jamaica have relied solely on their faithful party loyalists and supporters to serve on the boards of state entities while ignoring the talents and expertise of ordinary Jamaicans. As a society, we need to move away from this myopic view of politics and governance and shift our focus to a broader, more inclusive approach.

What benefits is there to be gained to the country by the continued recycling of the same individuals to serve on the boards of state corporations? What message are we sending to our youth population and the wider international community when we continue to play politics by excluding various segments of the population to serve in such capacities?

We need to adapt a more mature approach to succession planning and look at the big picture as we move Jamaica forward.

Wayne Campbell