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By Steve Trautman July 1, 2019

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: Highly Technical Emergency Knowledge Transfer

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.

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By Steve Trautman June 28, 2018
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Topics: Emergency Knowledge Transfer (EKT)

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

Are We There Yet? | Knowledge Transfer Methods And Tools

3 Ways to Increase Knowledge Sharing & Speed Up Knowledge Transfer

As a kid, did you ever take family road trips? What were they like? I remember sitting in the way back of my parents’ station wagon, sweating in the summer heat as we drove to visit some distant cousin. My...

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By Steve Trautman May 30, 2018
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Topics: knowledge transfer

By Steve Trautman May 30, 2018

Changing Company Culture: How To Transfer Soft Skills

Who's Purple For Company Culture?

“We’re working on changing our culture” is one of the most common phrases I hear from leaders at all levels. In fact, the Harvard Business Review recently dedicated an entire issue to it, highlighting the...

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By Steve Trautman May 22, 2018
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By Steve Trautman May 22, 2018

5 Tips For Effectively Managing Interns Into Brand Ambassadors

Ambassadors or Assassins Of Your 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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Topics: intern management

By Steve Trautman May 16, 2018
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