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By Steve Trautman March 5, 2019

4 signs your delegation style is hurting your team

I’m a firm believer in letting your leaders lead — in hiring capable, experienced, whip-smart people and then stepping back and allowing them to do their jobs. This level of independence and...

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By Steve Trautman March 5, 2019
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Topics: leadership strategies, leadership, executive tips

By Steve Trautman March 5, 2019

The 5-Hour Rule: Value of Learning Is Real, But Who Has Time for It?

Practical Applications of the 5-Hour Rule

Last week I wrote about the 5-hour rule, which author Michael Simmons defined as setting "aside at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) … for activities that could be classified as deliberate practice...

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By Steve Trautman February 27, 2019
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Topics: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman February 27, 2019

Emergency Knowledge Transfer (EKT) in Action: Avoiding a Common Pitfall

I am a knowledge transfer consultant for The Steve Trautman Co. (STC) and I’ve been with the team for years. Steve asked me to write this guest blog post on a common trap that knowledge transfer clients can...

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By Sonja Gustafson January 28, 2019
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Topics: Emergency Knowledge Transfer (EKT)

By Sonja Gustafson January 28, 2019

Soft Skills Training: Preserving Executive Secret Sauce

Executive Succession Planning for Soft Skills

A few years back, I was talking with the VP of human resources at one of our client companies. We were discussing a succession planning project for one of her company’s top executives who was retiring, and...

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By Steve Trautman September 19, 2018
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Topics: soft skills training

By Steve Trautman September 19, 2018

Case Study: Disney's Inadequate Succession Planning And How To Avoid It

Don’t Replace Your Star Executive, Replicate What Makes Them Unique

In April 2016, Disney’s stock price dropped 2% overnight when their COO, Tom Staggs announced his departure from the company. The issue? Tom was the apparent heir for CEO Bob Iger and his announcement...

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By Steve Trautman September 11, 2018
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Topics: succession planning

By Steve Trautman September 11, 2018

Managing Executive Transitions: Alibaba Case Study

What's Not in the Job Description?

When Alibaba founder and chairman, Jack Ma announced he would resign, investors were nervous and the company’s shares fell in after-hours trading. This is somewhat predictable, even though Ma’s successor,...

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By Steve Trautman September 10, 2018
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Topics: succession planning

By Steve Trautman September 10, 2018

5 Years In 30 Days

Capturing & Transferring the Expertise of a Chief Software Architect

A while back, one of our clients, a global provider of automation and information solutions, learned that one of their key employees was giving his 30-day notice. This employee – I’ll call him Luis – was a...

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By Steve Trautman June 28, 2018
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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), Knowledge Transfer Planning, Emergency Knowledge Transfer (EKT), Consistency in a Workforce, Skill Development Plan (SDP), 20 Test Questions

By Steve Trautman June 28, 2018
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