Why Competency Models Used for Talent Risk Management Are the Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted by Steve Trautman on Nov 11, 2016 1:22:30 PM

Yesterday, during the i4cp webinar on Managing Talent Risk, I commented that it is time for competency models to be replaced with more targeted talent risk data that directly drives business (think: money, time, and quality).  I have had several questions about my position on this subject so I am rerunning this blog post in case it is helpful.  I would love your comments on the topic.

Here’s a quick business story illustrating just why HR competency models are inadequate when used to manage talent and guide change within a job role:  

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Topics: Outsourcing, Best Practices, Skill Development Plan (SDP), Common KT Misconceptions, Free Resources & Tools, Talent Risk Management, knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer, knowledge transfer planning, managing talent risk

Here’s Why Internships Can Be a Disaster For Your Employment Brand

Posted by Steve Trautman on Jul 22, 2016 1:59:32 PM
Internships are widely and erroneously believed to be a great way for front-line managers to get “cheap labor.” What many people don’t know is that intern programs are really a critical recruiting tool for the companies who host the interns. The idea is that if you get a bright student to work for your company over the summer or winter break,
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Topics: Peer Mentoring, Best Practices, knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer

What to Do When Your People Don't "Get" the Big Picture

Posted by Steve Trautman on Jul 14, 2016 11:48:07 AM

Over the past few years, I’ve been working with more and more clients to mitigate their talent management risk by directing them to look at The Big Picture Questions. I've talked about the Big Picture in previous posts, and as it has gained importance in our work, I wanted to rerun the original post:

The Senior VP of Marketing for a major retailer recently came to me with a change management issue. Her company had seen huge growth in the last ten years and was still adapting to the fact that they are now a 2 billion dollar business.

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Topics: Best Practices, knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer, big picture questions

Expanded Family Leave Policies – How to Prepare for an Employee’s Extended Absence and Eventual Return

Posted by Steve Trautman on Jun 20, 2016 4:18:08 PM

There’s a new phenomenon happening in corporations today where family leaves are being extended. While it’s common practice in other countries to offer extended leave, U.S. companies like Netflix, Facebook, and Reddit have recently expanded their paternity/maternity leaves from 16 weeks to a year.

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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Best Practices, Skill Development Plan (SDP), Talent Risk Management, 3-Step Knowledge Transfer, knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer, knowledge silos

What Can't Wait One Hour

Posted by Todd Hudson on May 20, 2016 11:40:47 AM

Over the past twelve years, I’ve taught the Steve Trautman Company’s Knowledge Transfer Workshops hundreds of times to clients all over the world and in every industry imaginable. The workshop is an integral part of their 3-Step Solution, and we require client managers to attend as they have a key role to play.

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Topics: Best Practices, Knowledge Transfer Workshop (KTW), 3-Step Knowledge Transfer, knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer

IN THE NEWS - Talent Risk Problem? Disney Stock Down 2% Over Succession Plan Collapse

Posted by Steve Trautman on Apr 6, 2016 2:06:36 PM

The Forbes.com headline reads, “With Staggs Out, Disney Investors Left Wondering Why Bob Iger's Succession Plan Fell Apart.”  When one person can move a stock price for a company like Disney by 2% over night I call that Talent Risk.  We have many clients who are struggling with this problem - key executives playing critical roles appear irreplaceable. 

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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Knowledge Transfer Definition, Terms & Roles, In the News, Best Practices, Common KT Misconceptions, knowledge transfer blog

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