Cultivating Innovation - Transferring Knowledge from R&D to Production

Posted by Steve Trautman on Feb 12, 2016 12:04:35 PM

In this series, I’ve been writing about how to use knowledge transfer to introduce innovation, how to learn to be more innovative, and how to learn to pitch innovative ideas. Sometimes, your job includes getting other people to execute your innovative idea. This is true for everyone working in R&D but can be true for many roles in business as well.

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Topics: Skill Development Plan (SDP), 20 Test Questions, knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer, best practices

Cultivating Innovation - Using Knowledge Transfer to Critique Ideas

Posted by Steve Trautman on Jan 29, 2016 2:36:56 PM


thumbs_up_thumbs_down_drop_shadow.jpgIn recent posts, we’ve been talking about how our knowledge transfer tools can help innovators be more creative and present their ideas in a way that helps them be truly heard. Another one of the skills of innovation is providing feedback or critique to somebody else’s idea. For example, many of us hire new blood into our organizations to bring their perspective. But when they do, well, let’s just say there are ways to do that well, and ways to do that very, very badly. For example, sometimes, we ask existing employees to critique each other when that wasn’t part of the culture before.

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Topics: Innovation in a Workforce, 20 Test Questions, knowledge transfer blog

Cultivating Innovation - Using Knowledge Transfer to Present Ideas that Make an Impact

Posted by Steve Trautman on Dec 30, 2015 4:06:11 PM

 
Over the past two decades doing talent risk management and knowledge transfer work, I’ve discovered a recurring problem many organizations face in their quest for innovation. They recognize the need to hire new people to bring in their ideas, but too often, those hotshots fizzle out before they are able to make an impact. You’ve heard the phrase, “The road to hell is littered with good intentions”? Well, the hell these new hires face is often a political one. “He had such great ideas, but they just didn’t seem to get any traction in our culture…”

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Topics: Knowledge Transfer Planning, Best Practices, Skill Development Plan (SDP), 20 Test Questions, Talent Risk Management, knowledge transfer blog

Managing Talent Risks When Executives Transition – Using Knowledge Transfer with Technical/Operational Skills

Posted by Steve Trautman on Dec 2, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Our last blog post focused on reducing executive talent risk by modeling how to methodically transfer the “soft skills” necessary for a new job role. When coming to a new organization, executives also face similar challenges with getting their technical and operational skill sets up to speed. Take for example business planning and budget setting. I was with a client yesterday who is starting his next fiscal year budget six months in advance. Basically, they had barely finished getting the last one done, and they’re already moving on to the next. Much like the election cycle,

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Topics: Workforce Risk Management, Consistency in a Workforce, 20 Test Questions

Managing Talent Risks When Executives Transition – Using Knowledge Transfer for the “Softer Skills”

Posted by Steve Trautman on Nov 17, 2015 11:13:00 AM

In a previous blog, we talked about how we can use knowledge transfer to mitigate talent risk by creating an ecosystem of experts who can provide backup for a departing executive. I mentioned that one of our clients was preparing to replace a retiring executive. They had identified his

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Topics: Peer Mentoring, Knowledge Transfer Definition, Terms & Roles, Knowledge Transfer Planning, Change Management, Consistency in a Workforce, Common KT Misconceptions, 20 Test Questions

Make Your Boss More Useful To You

Posted by Steve Trautman on Mar 3, 2015 5:49:39 AM

Nearly all of us have worked for a well-meaning, relatively capable leader who does his or her best each day but still falls short. It is not their fault, really. They are the manager, but that doesn’t mean they can be experts in the details of every job function in their chain of command. The orchestra conductor may also know how to play the violin, but may not have as much clarity on the mechanics of playing the wind instruments. It is an age-old problem.

One solution is

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Topics: Knowledge Transfer Definition, Terms & Roles, Best Practices, Skill Development Plan (SDP), 20 Test Questions

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