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Doris Sims Spies


Doris Sims Spies, SPHR provides talent and succession management services that pertain to all phases of the talent management process – defining the strategy and processes, succession planning, onboarding new employees, talent assessment, facilitating talent review meetings, and leadership development services. Her primary services include training and coaching to prepare HR teams to plan and lead talent review meetings, and creating business leader communication materials for an organization’s talent and succession planning strategies. She works with business executives to create succession plans, using a process that includes working with incumbent leaders to identify success competencies for the position and to identify potential successor candidates. The process includes identifying competency strengths and gaps for potential successors and creating leadership transition and development action plans.


In addition to being a frequent speaker at conferences both in the U.S. and internationally, Doris is the author of The 30-Minute Guide to Talent and Succession Management, The Talent Review Meeting Facilitator’s Guide, and Creative Onboarding Programs, which are all available on Doris is also the co-author of Building Tomorrow’s Talent: A Practitioner’s Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning. These books together are top sellers on Amazon on the topics of talent bench strength.


Doris has many certifications including Approved Provider of the HR Certification Institute; Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator (Franklin Covey Leadership Center); Certified Novations 360-Degree Feedback Facilitator (Novations); Certified Talent Development Facilitator (Novations); Certified PDI 360-Degree Survey Facilitator (Personnel Decisions International); Certified Quality Action Teams Facilitator • Certified Social Styles-Building Relationship Versatility Facilitator (Wilson Learning); Certified Countdown – Project Management Facilitator (Paradigm Learning); Qualified Strong Career Interest Inventory Assessment Facilitator; and Qualified Meyers-Briggs Type Inventory Coach.


More information about Doris’s services and workshops is available at