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Steve Trautman

Steve Trautman is corporate America’s leading talent risk management and knowledge transfer expert. With two decades of application inside blue chips and Fortune 1000s, his pioneering work in the field of talent risk management and related knowledge transfer tools are now the nationally-recognized gold standard. His clients have included Boeing, Costco, Goodyear, Aetna, Farmers Life Insurance, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, among others.

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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

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

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 June 27, 2018
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Topics: managing talent risk, employee retention

By Steve Trautman June 27, 2018
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