Via another blog I came across this article on the Economist website – The Other Transition. This article describes and discusses the changes over the last 7 months and the next 5 at SAP in terms of CEO. It looks at the great succession planning that has taken place within SAP over the years with a focus on putting the approporiate leadership in place to reflect the demands of the time. Something a large number of companies could learn from, as SAP do it and don’t just pay lip service to the concept.
You can read the article and the comments at the Economist but for me the simple fact to reflect upon is change means change. The challenge for Leo is to position the change so that his most important group of stakeholders embraces it and welcomes it with open arms, not as easy as it sounds but certainly not impossible.