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Transition – Orienteering The Lands of Succession

Transitioning your business is the most important capital transaction you will undertake. It’s your life’s work and your future wealth, don’t risk it. Learn from others that have already trodden this path. Learn from their experience, their mistakes and their successes. Take control and be the author of your business's history and future fortune.

Richard Shrapnel's 'Transition - Orienteering The Lands of Succession' guide front cover
Richard Shrapnel's 'Transition - Orienteering The Lands of Succession' guide front cover

Overview of Contents


  • A. Sample Extract of Guide - includes full contents (Download)
  • 1. Opening Chapters - Understanding succession, getting ready, where to start and how to use this guide.
  • 2. Land of Goals - Establishing the right goals from the outset, for your succession process.
  • 3. Land of Family - Bringing the family and others on the journey, achieving harmony and reducing conflict. Includes developing the family charter.
  • 4. Land of Legacy - Creating the foundations for the future growth and prosperity of the business. Includes advisory boards, the next CEO and life cycles of the business.
  • 5. Land of Wealth - Knowing where it is, what equality looks like, establishing principles of allocation and initial thoughts on what will go where.
  • 6. Land of Business - Considering options for the business, planning for continuity, future leadership, developing strategic plans and knowing where capital value lies.
  • 7. Land of Decision - Pulling it all together, considering the options, selecting the best outcome, detailing actions and developing implementation plans.
  • 8. Closing Chapters - Summaries, templates and index.

This Guide

Transition is a topographical guide for orienteering succession detailing the five lands of transition, eight principles to guide you and twelve dangers to avoid. It represents global best practices in business succession. Succession is the compounding of wealth across generations whilst ensuring family unity, individual growth and a sense of contribution by all.

Transition will provide you with a detailed roadmap to follow, processes to undertake and templates to use – all accompanied by detailed explanations. It will allow you to navigate this journey with knowledge, clarity and confidence. The result will be a great business succession outcome.

Act Now

What is the one piece of advice that those that have journeyed the path of succession would give to others?

‘Start now, start as early as you can and seek professional advice no matter how confident you are’.

Buy Now – What You Receive

There are three options:

  1. Digital – download for immediate solutions.
  2. Printed – an amazing full-colour workbook on its way to you.
  3. Combined – immediate solutions and the full-colour workbook.

1.     Digital – immediate download and print your own copy.

A 200-page full-colour guide in PDF format, which you can immediately download to start your journey without a pause.

You will receive both a printable full-colour edition and a black and white edition. I recommend using the colour edition on your digital device and printing the black and white edition. This is a single user licence for one digital copy and one printed copy.

2.    Printed – full-colour spiral-bound workbook.

Free delivery of this right-sized workbook will allow you the convenience to craft and plan your future in an easy to carry and beautifully designed guide. It is also a perfect gift for anyone you want to encourage and support. In addition, you will receive a full-colour A2 sized map of the Orienteering Succession topography at no additional charge.

Delivery by international air-parcel postage, or domestic parcel post, from Australia.

3.    Combined – the best of both worlds, both the digital and printed editions.

An immediate download so you can start working within seconds of buying the guide. And the full-colour spiral-bound workbook, on its way within a day of your order. This option is truly the best of both worlds: digital and printed. In addition, you will receive a full-colour A2 sized map of the Orienteering Succession topography at no additional charge.

Note: all prices are in US Dollars (USD) and delivery is included.

Active Knowledge Guides

My guides are purposefully designed to create an informed roadmap to direct you to the heart of the matter quickly, and then act. They will:

  • Save you time.
  • Provide the knowledge you need.
  • Allow considered thought.
  • Deliver clarity.
  • Remove doubt.
  • Build confidence.
  • Initiate action.

Each guide is a crafted workbook developed to support you to take yourself and your business to greater heights.

Overview of Contents


  • A. Sample Extract of Guide - includes full contents (Download)
  • 1. Opening Chapters - Understanding succession, getting ready, where to start and how to use this guide.
  • 2. Land of Goals - Establishing the right goals from the outset, for your succession process.
  • 3. Land of Family - Bringing the family and others on the journey, achieving harmony and reducing conflict. Includes developing the family charter.
  • 4. Land of Legacy - Creating the foundations for the future growth and prosperity of the business. Includes advisory boards, the next CEO and life cycles of the business.
  • 5. Land of Wealth - Knowing where it is, what equality looks like, establishing principles of allocation and initial thoughts on what will go where.
  • 6. Land of Business - Considering options for the business, planning for continuity, future leadership, developing strategic plans and knowing where capital value lies.
  • 7. Land of Decision - Pulling it all together, considering the options, selecting the best outcome, detailing actions and developing implementation plans.
  • 8. Closing Chapters - Summaries, templates and index.
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