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By Steve Trautman May 20, 2018

Poach Proof: Make Sure Your Top Talent Gets the Big Picture

Alex, the general manager of a factory in Wisconsin, recently told me that he goes to new employee orientations to deliver two messages: Thank you for choosing us and please, please, don’t quit before...

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By Steve Trautman May 20, 2018
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Topics: managing talent risk, employee retention

By Steve Trautman May 20, 2018

Interns: Ambassadors or Assassins for Your Employment Brand?

My local paper just ran a piece on how companies are poaching university professors for AI work, raising concerns among faculty that “they’re eating the seed corn.” It’s another reminder that recruiting...

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By Steve Trautman May 16, 2018
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By Steve Trautman May 16, 2018

Are Your Best People Slowing You Down?

5 Steps to Avoid Bottlenecks on Your Team

Your company can only move as fast as your experts. I was reminded of this fact when I heard a story on NPR’s Marketplace. The host was profiling the Cup & Saucer Café, which has three locations in...

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By Steve Trautman April 10, 2018
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Topics: Knowledge Silo Matrix (KSM), what is a pacer, what to do about pacers

By Steve Trautman April 10, 2018

Beyond Head Count & Org Charts: Talent Risk Management Defined

DEFINITION: Talent Risk is defined as the potential for gaps between your current technical/professional capacity – the people who perform critical tasks within your organization – and what you will need to...

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By Sonja Gustafson March 20, 2018
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Topics: managing talent risk, definition of talent risk management, Risk Management

By Sonja Gustafson March 20, 2018

The 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 March 6, 2018
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Topics: 20 Test Questions, knowledge transfer, 5-hour rule, learning

By Steve Trautman March 6, 2018

Learn or End Up Floating Face Down in the Deep End of the Pool 

The 5-Hour Rule

"When your clients balk at committing their experts and apprentices to 4 hours of knowledge transfer a week … point them to these smart people!" The note was from our COO, Teresa Canady. And these "smart...

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By Steve Trautman February 28, 2018
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Topics: knowledge transfer, 5-hour rule

By Steve Trautman February 28, 2018

Why Talent Risk Data is More Powerful Than Most Human Capital Analytics

Lifting the Technical Fog: Part 3

Just the other day I was looking over a slide deck from one of our clients. The headline was "Key People Metrics." It included an org chart, head counts, retirement risks, attrition rates, employee...

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By Steve Trautman February 8, 2018
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Topics: managing talent risk

By Steve Trautman February 8, 2018
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