The first thing I recommend for a company who is creating (or enhancing / updating) a talent-succession strategy is to attend a training workshop on this topic, or to even attend more than one talent-succession conference or workshop to obtain multiple best practice ideas.
This way, you can learn a large amount of information in a short time that can help you to put an effective strategy and plan in place right from the start (rather than having to make a lot of corrections later, which reduces credibility) and this can save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run.
So I provide both public and private workshops and strategy sessions on Talent Reviews, Succession Planning, High Potential Programs, etc. and I have webinars, books, and even a Talent Benchstrength boardgame to provide many different resources to help people who are creating or updating a Talent Benchstrength strategy. My next public 2-day HRCI Pre-Approved Talent Review-Succession Strategy workshop is coming up on May 24-25, 2016 in lovely San Diego, CA, USA.
I also facilitate Talent Review meetings directly for companies, and I provide coaching for those who are facilitating Talent Review meetings for the first time. I also provide a license to my book content and to my presentation slides which companies customize and use for their internal talent benchstrength communication materials for their HR team and for their managers. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these services.