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  • Keywords
    • Business Innovation,
    • Talent Management,
    • Human Resources,
    • Sustainable Growth,
    • Business Transitions,
    • Small Business,
    • Company Performance

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Basic to Brilliant
The definitive guide to transforming your people practices; A playbook for small to mid-size enterprise
by Doris Bentley

There’s a lot of talk about business innovation today. Everyone is seeking new or better ways to compete by reaching goals faster, more efficiently, at lower cost. In the race to win, owners and leaders of small to mid-market businesses often miss out on the one area where innovation can be a game changer. It’s the transformation of their people practices: the structures, culture, and processes that support the people who walk through the door everyday. This book explores how reinvention of a company’s talent strategies from basic (traditional thinking and process) to brilliant (on the leading edge of contemporary thought and practice) can make the difference between stalled momentum and sustainable business growth. In the context of small to midmarket enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures, Basic to Brilliant reveals eight innovation touchpoints, uncovering the essentials for building a brilliant organization where talent thrives and competitive success is realized. Full of tips, strategies, fast facts, how-to’s and real life profiles of small business brilliance, this is the definitive guide for accelerating organizational performance that business owners and leaders can’t be without.

Praise for Basic to Brilliant “A conscientious review and analysis of what it takes to build a strong and loyal workforce. This is a must read for business leaders working to develop world class corporate culture and establishing highly successful recruitment strategies, which in turn leads to optimal employee retention.” Bob Sinclair ICD.D, Chair, TEC Canada (The Executive Committee) “Like all businesses we have struggled with people issues at times. Basic to Brilliant is a straight forward practical guide to developing the best structure, culture and processes to turn talent into your competitive advantage. If you are an SME and want your business to grow and thrive, then this is a must read.” Rob Mitchell, President & CEO, Vista Railing Systems Inc. “As a merger and acquisitions advisor, I have seen, almost without fail, the success of a transaction comes down to people. While all organizations could benefit from Basic to Brilliant, there is tremendous advice in this book—in preventing founder’s syndrome for example—that could be particularly invaluable to companies positioning for a future sale.” Mike Kuiack, Partner, BK Capital, Growth Advisors to Mid-Market Companies

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Doris Bentley is the founder and principal of Centrepoint, a talent management consultancy based in Vancouver, BC. She specializes in helping leaders develop and align their people practices to ensure business sustainability and long-term growth. As a consultant and business advisor, she has enjoyed long-term success working with hundreds of business owners and leaders of small to mid-market enterprises. She is a frequent presenter to various CEO and executive forum groups. As a writer and educator, she has authored many articles, blog posts, white papers, and management tool kits relating to topical workplace issues and people practices.


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