Bedford is your strategic partner across the entire spectrum of talent management. We have reinvented the executive search process by developing an integrated approach to talent management that assesses candidates against the four essential dimensions of fit: Culture, Leadership, Performance, and Team. This unique assessment model allows us to ensure our clients hire, retain, and develop the right individuals, not the best resumes.
Bedford is Canada’s leading privately held retained executive search firm, and our talent strategy goes beyond traditional search, partnering with clients on their critical business transformation and effectiveness, benchmarking, executive compensation, coaching, and organizational and team diagnostic needs.
The single biggest reason a new executive fails is because he/she is a misfit with the culture. Bedford’s upfront work ensures we have an in-depth understanding of your culture prior to executing the search. We assist in ensuring you are hiring with both current and tomorrow’s culture in mind.
Bedford’s proprietary leadership competency process has been pioneered by John Burdett following his review of 10,000 global leaders. His process identifies the four key quadrants of leadership, the Head (Direction), Hand (Discipline of Delivery), Heart (Development), and Spirit (Day-to-Day Dialogue) that guide our search process.
Each engagement taken on by Bedford will be assigned an experienced Partner, Principal, Research Consultant, and Project Co-ordinator to ensure that no stone is unturned when attracting the best candidates. Bedford has an unparalleled understanding of the culture, leadership, team, and performance fit required for the role, and for future development within the business.
Bedford provides each hired candidate and manager with a copy of our innovative workbook, Without Breaking Stride, a very effective and pragmatic integration program to help de risk the critical first 120-day period, and ensure an effective on-board that avoids the typical pitfalls following a new, critical hire.
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We pioneered our talent management process with John Burdett, a world authority on leadership and transformational change and the author of Without Breaking Stride, Attract, Select, Develop & Retain TALENT; TEAM: Align, Build, Connect & Develop; and My Homework Ate the Dog: Leadership in an Upside Down World.
Our Talent Strategy
At Bedford we have longstanding relationships with the best-managed organizations in Canada and Worldwide in a number of sectors.
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Executive Search Approach
The proof is in our process, and how we ensure our clients experience a transparent and candid process that goes beyond traditional executive search.
Bedford’s methodology, client and candidate satisfaction focus, and proven results have inspired organizations from global Fortune 500 organizations to entrepreneurial, family run businesses to trust us with their brand in the market.
Why? Because we ensure that throughout the process, we make every client a priority by minimizing risk and remaining versatile, agile, and nimble towards each client’s unique needs. Over the last 10 years in over 1500 assignments our retention rate 3 years post hire is 93%.
We consistently deliver a client and candidate experience that shows our diligent focus and effort on each unique assignment, and our adaptability and agility towards every situation.
Client & Candidate Experience
In our competitive sector, we rise above by developing clients for life. We consistently deliver a client and candidate experience that shows our diligent focus and effort on each unique assignment, and our adaptability and agility towards every situation.” Additionally, we use an independent third party to audit our process from both a client and candidate perspective to ensure we are continuously improving and providing best-in-class candidate and client satisfaction.
Unique Assessment Tools
We have strategically partnered with three additional assessment services to ensure candidates will deliver quantifiable results that are essential to your company’s success, ensuring the right level of assessment is utilized to fit your needs:
SmartAssessment® is the most rigorous executive assessment tool used by Fortune 500 companies to identify the right person to drive the financial performance of a business. It is the most accurate predictor of talent assessment known, reporting a greater than 90% success rate for the new hire against predefined expectations.
RHR International is a strong team of psychologists and consultants who provide world-class CEO assessments, by utilizing personal interviews as well as in-person and online state-of-the-art psychometric tools.
We use an independent third party to audit our process from both a client and candidate perspective to ensure we are continuously improving and providing best-in-class candidate and client satisfaction.
Strategic Human Capital Management Partners
Bedford has aligned with The Beacon Group, a Canadian-based professional services firm supporting clients throughout North America and around the world executing strategic human capital management during critical periods of transformation and growth. The Beacon Group works with organizations in all sectors and industries in the development of their business strategies and in helping them leverage their investment in human capital.
The Beacon Group’s practice is divided into four main areas of expertise: Strategy, Culture, Talent, and Leadership. When integrated, this broadly based expertise provides their clients with a comprehensive Organizational Health and Business Performance System.
Bedford works closely with Bromelin People Practices, a Montreal based boutique human resources consulting firm with national reach.
Bromelin’s team of practitioners holds deep expertise in human resources that provides national assistance in both English and French, and their three primary areas of business are: Outsourced Human Resources; Talent Management Strategies; High Impact Learning Programs. This alliance enables The Bedford Group to provide broader talent solutions for our clients in Quebec and Nationally.