Traditional approaches to succession programs need to evolve to make them effective in today’s unpredictable, complex business environment. What it means to be “ready now” looks very different today, with leadership having to operate within constant organizational change, and with more change expected for the foreseeable future. The solution is not to build a better leadership pipeline. In fact, the traditional succession pipeline strategy is the problem. It is exactly why organizations lack enough “ready now” leaders. Pipelines work in stable environments where leadership needs remain the same, but they are breaking in four specific ways in the current work environment, leading to weak leadership benches.