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

Is Your IT Transformation Stuck?

Posted by Steve Trautman on Aug 19, 2016 11:46:37 AM

I was recently visiting a major university. Their IT department is in “transformation” and it’s stuck. The new director has 167 people reporting to him. He and his second in command are dumbfounded because they’ve been leading this team for over a year, and the team refuses to take on the new way of doing things. Despite formal training, team building exercises, and regular meetings to try to solve problems, the long-time employees he inherited have successfully dug in their heels and made it impossible for him to move the transformation forward.

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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Skill Development Plan (SDP), Talent Risk Management, 3-Step Knowledge Transfer, 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

Making Mainframes Cool Again

Posted by Steve Trautman on Apr 23, 2016 1:39:18 PM

[Originally Published April 15, 2016 InformationWeek.com]

Mainframe systems are still the backbone of much of today's IT infrastructure. Yet, finding IT talent to maintain these systems, and the COBOL and Fortran languages that support them, is becoming increasingly difficult. Knowledge transfer expert Steve Trautman, founder of The Steve Trautman Co., offers real-world advice on how IT leaders can cultivate the talent needed to run these crucial systems.

IT executives are starting to say something out loud that everyone has known for a long time: Despite decades of IT transformation, mainframe systems are still the backbone of much of today's IT infrastructure. One obvious reason is that, in many cases, they work fine. Replacing all that horsepower could cost tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, let alone the cost of disruption to the business.

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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Skill Development Plan (SDP), knowledge transfer blog, knowledge transfer

Getting Aligned – The Key to Prioritizing and Reducing Talent Risk

Posted by Steve Trautman on Mar 23, 2016 12:48:46 PM

When assessing and managing talent risk and preparing for knowledge transfer, we work to uncover data like who’s the expert, how many employees do we have that are capable of that work, how many employees do we have that are learning that work, and whether it’s at risk. If it’s at risk, is it a high priority? The Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Step One in our 3-Step Process, gives leaders a place to represent the data so that they can show it to their peers, to their employees, to their bosses.

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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Workforce Risk Management, Skill Development Plan (SDP), Skilled Worker Shortage, Talent Risk Management, 3-Step Knowledge Transfer, knowledge transfer

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

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