Building Tomorrow's Talent

A Practitioner's Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning

by Doris Sims, SPHR, Matthew Gay, SPHR



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/23/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781425994655

About the Book

You've heard the human resource buzz words - talent management, talent assessment, high potentials, succession planning - but what does it really mean?  What steps and decisions are involved in the creation and implementation of these programs?  How will you be able to measure these programs to ensure positive business results are achieved?

Written by two human resource practitioners who have implemented these programs in Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and lived to tell the tale, Building Tomorrow's Talent provides practical ideas and tools to help others create and enhance these programs in their own organizations.

What the reviewers are saying...

"This user-friendly workbook provides the reader with step-by-step instruction for starting a Talent Management program from scratch, or taking an existing program to the next level.  As a company that cherishes its unique culture, we particularly appreciate the emphasis on customizing the program to reflect the company's personality."

Fiona Macleod Butts & Karen Gooch, Talent Management, Southwest Airlines

"Building Tomorrow's Talent provides a truly practical guide and represents a landmark book in the field of succession planning and talent management."

Mark Caruso, President and CEO, Success Associates, Inc.

"Building Tomorrow's Talent is a must read for anyone who is trying to get their hands around how to implement a succession planning process in their companies.  This book is a wonderful, hands-on, practical resource guide that walks you through all the pertinent steps to creating a succession planning process.  As an executive coach I am often asked how to implement succession planning.  I recommend this book to all of these clients!"

Susan Steinbrecher, Founder and President of Steinbrecher and Associates, Co-Author of Heart-Centered Leadership


About the Author

Matthew Gay, SPHR and Doris Sims, SPHR have 35 years of combined experience in the areas of human resources, organizational development, recruiting, leadership development, call center training, and systems training, and 10 combined years of experience specifically in the area of talent management and succession planning.

Doris and Matthew have worked as internal human resource practitioners in multiple Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and in global organizations, with industry experience in finance, hospitality, healthcare, telecommunications, information services, and manufacturing.

Matthew received his Master's degree in the field of Human Resource Development from the University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners!), and Doris received her Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University (Go Sycamores!).  Their Talent Management processes and ideas have been documented as best practices by the Corporate Leadership Council.

Both authors have achieved their SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification.  They both enjoy speaking at national and international conferences and talking with anyone who is interested in the topic of Talent Management!  You can contact the authors at or