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By Steve Trautman June 9, 2019

How to Get to One IT in One Piece

If one thing’s for certain, mergers and acquisitions bring change—and often nofor the better. Despite best intentions, staff often suffer when a company grows through acquisition. A real desire on the...

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By Steve Trautman June 9, 2019
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Topics: IT transformations, IT, mergers & acquisitions, M&A

By Steve Trautman June 9, 2019

Does Anyone Have a Talent Win? Anyone?

Discussing talent satisfaction and positive performance is often neglected. But if you make talent wins a key part of your culture, everybody really will win—and win more often.

Raise your hand if you’ve...

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By Steve Trautman May 28, 2019
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Topics: talent risk management process, leadership strategies, employee tips, executive tips, soft skills training

By Steve Trautman May 28, 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
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