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By Steve Trautman October 17, 2018

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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Optimized for Agility

How Mutual of Omaha Builds Quick-Response Teams

"I’ve learned that change isn’t always the problem — it’s the fear of the unknown that often comes with change," says James Davenport, the senior VP of finance and operations at Mutual of Omaha.

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By Steve Trautman October 17, 2018
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Topics: Talent Risk Management

By Steve Trautman October 17, 2018

Your Top Expert Just Gave Notice

What's Your Succession Plan?

This story begins with a CIO in full-blown panic. Luis, a chief software architect was the CIO’s go-to guy for feature development and product roadmapping at a global IT solutions company in Cleveland. He...

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By Steve Trautman October 11, 2018
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Topics: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman October 11, 2018

Executive Secret Sauce

Knowledge Transfer for the “Softer Skills”

A few years back, I was talking with the VP of human resources at one of our client companies. We were discussing a knowledge transfer 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: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman September 19, 2018

Smarter Succession Planning

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 heir apparent for CEO Bob Iger and his announcement...

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By Steve Trautman September 11, 2018
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Topics: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman September 11, 2018

Executive Transitions

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: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman September 10, 2018

Bridging Generations

5 ways to End Bickering and Ensure Knowledge Transfer

While overseeing a knowledge transfer project at a nuclear power plant, I worked with a veteran employee who was adamant that his young apprentice did not have enough experience to be trusted with critical...

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By Steve Trautman August 31, 2018
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Topics: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman August 31, 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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