Talent Risks CAN be Measurably Assessed and Managed – a Practical List

Posted by Steve Trautman on Jul 1, 2014 8:31:21 AM

A common misconception I often find myself debunking is that risks related to “the people part” of business are somehow less quantifiable and manageable than other types of business risks. As we have begun to further shape and prove that a business’s talent risks can be methodically assessed, prioritized, and managed, we still worry about common business language around this topic sounding too fluffy. In this post, I’ve made a clear, comprehensive list of the types of talent risks that we can pinpoint with today’s knowledge transfer tool set.

Every one of the risks noted below can be

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Topics: Offshoring, Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Outsourcing, Reorganizations & Mergers, Skilled Worker Shortage, Onboarding, Aging Workers

Knowledge Transfer in Your Workplace - 12 Transitions Made Easier for Employees Today… and Tomorrow

Posted by Steve Trautman on Mar 31, 2014 8:38:10 AM

Having a knowledge transfer process embedded in the culture of your workforce enables employees to transition less painfully from out-of-date job roles and ways of doing things to new roles, tasks, and performance standards. Structured knowledge transfer is critical for dealing with “the people part” of change because it provides employees with the tools to see what the change means down to their job’s task level, to learn needed skills from a designated standard bearer, and to measure whether they are doing things the new, right way. Without this level of clarity, transitions are confusing at best, downright stressful and productivity-crushing at worst. And, once an organization has established a culture of knowledge transfer, its workforce can face not only the current transition, but future ones as well.

Transitions come in many shapes and sizes. Think about which ones your company is facing today:

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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Reorganizations & Mergers, Change Management, Best Practices

JULY WEBINAR--Knowledge Transfer Strategy: The Key to the ‘People Part’ of Your Existing Business Strategies

Posted by Sonjag on Jun 28, 2013 6:14:18 AM

Our own knowledge transfer expert, Steve Trautman, will be teaming up with the Houston division of Career Partners International (CPI) to deliver a free webinar on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST: “Knowledge Transfer Strategy: The Key to the ‘People Part’ of Your Existing Business Strategies.”

Register now: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/681431998

Imagine seeing as the norm at your company your top talent naturally "replicating" themselves.

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Topics: Speaking & Events, Reorganizations & Mergers, Knowledge Transfer Strategy, Change Management

Open Letter to Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Re: Risk of Losing All the Tumblr Talent She Just Bought

Posted by Steve Trautman on May 20, 2013 9:28:32 AM

Dear Marissa:

It was great to see the New York Times headline this weekend touting Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr and other start ups. The deal presents a great opportunity to tap into Tumblr’s 117 million (mostly young) users and better connect Yahoo with the future of the internet rather than the past. Of course, another big reason for this purchase is to pick up the talent that will come with owning Tumblr. It sounds like you’ve already locked down Tumblr's 26-year-old CEO, David Karp, for at least four years. You might even secure his next level of leadership. But, what about the rest of the crew? Will the best and brightest stay on once absorbed into the mothership—or run away as quickly as possible?

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Topics: Workforce Risk Management, In the News, Reorganizations & Mergers, Change Management, Onboarding

What Is a Knowledge Transfer Strategy? [KT Strategy Series, 1 of 9]

Posted by Steve Trautman on Dec 6, 2012 1:02:57 AM

Lots of people use the word strategy very loosely. The word gets thrown around in business like people put salt on food. For some, a strategic plan is a one-page bulleted list; for others, it’s a 40-page treatise about who an organization is going to be in the future, how that’s going to look and feel, even including the tactics to get them there. I bring this up in this knowledge transfer strategy blog series because before you create any knowledge transfer strategy, you need to think about defining what you mean by strategy.

In my way of thinking, a knowledge transfer strategy does these things:

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Topics: Peer Mentoring, Outsourcing, Workforce Risk Management, Knowledge Transfer Definition, Terms & Roles, Knowledge Transfer Planning, Reorganizations & Mergers, Knowledge Transfer Strategy, Innovation in a Workforce, Change Management, Best Practices, Consistency in a Workforce, Generational Gaps/Differences, Skilled Worker Shortage, Common KT Misconceptions, Free Resources & Tools, Onboarding, Aging Workers

We Are Launching a 2013 Blog Series on Knowledge Transfer Strategy

Posted by Steve Trautman on Dec 6, 2012 1:00:10 AM

As you know, I’ve spent two decades working in the field of knowledge transfer and run a consulting company that focuses on solving talent management problems through knowledge transfer. It is only in the last few years, however, that I’ve developed a point of view at the knowledge transfer strategy level. It started with my last book and has continued with a spate of global projects where we’ve tested and honed this thinking. We have learned that to roll out our work to an enterprise, the client organizations have to consider the broader implications of the effort, including ensuring alignment at the exec level and assessing and overcoming roadblocks. It doesn’t matter how simple and useful our framework is—if the organization isn’t prepared for success, we’re going to have an uphill battle.

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Topics: Peer Mentoring, Outsourcing, Workforce Risk Management, Knowledge Transfer Planning, Reorganizations & Mergers, Knowledge Transfer Strategy, Innovation in a Workforce, Change Management, Best Practices, Consistency in a Workforce, Generational Gaps/Differences, Skilled Worker Shortage, Common KT Misconceptions, Free Resources & Tools, Onboarding, Aging Workers

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