Making competencies work – the nuts and bolts of your organisation

Embedding a competency framework across all your assessment processes is another critical step to making your framework come alive. It is surprising how often we find that different processes (e.g., leadership development programmes, 360 degree questionnaires and executive search briefs) adopt different criteria and use language that is not consistent with the core behavioural expectations in the organisation.…

Bringing your competency framework to life

In our last blog post we looked at how to spring clean your competency framework. Once you've refreshed and updated it, you can begin to think about where the opportunities are for competencies to show their face in the day to day operation of your organisation. In what ways are competencies visible?  What would you see if a competency framework was really ‘alive’? Competencies can be expressed in any of the following:…

Time to spring clean your competency framework?

If you already have a competency framework that has been in place for more than a couple of years, it may be in need of a strategic review and see how it's working for your business. Probably a good first step is to look at how and where your competencies are used and where they can be reinforced.  To help, here's a list of the reference points and factors for you to bear in mind as part of this:…

Time to revisit your competency framework?

Just when you thought that competency frameworks were all but dead,  we're seeing a resurgence in the market. Many invested in competency frameworks during the 90s heyday – and have retained a firm belief in the unrealised potential of a common language for performance and behaviour – and now we're witnessing a number of organisations ‘refreshing’ their frameworks and committing renewed energy to bringing them to life and putting competencies to work.…

Why Talent Management is important

Talent Management has broadly existed in various forms for many years with organisations using such processes as succession planning and competency frameworks to identify and develop their high potential performers.…

Behavioural Indicators for Mental Toughness or Resilience

Generic metal toughness and resilience diagnostics are widely available and they measure just that particular characteristic, often solely quantitatively. Many competence frameworks also include indicators that have a relation to the concept of mental toughness, often in the context of the competency itself. This is admirable but the overall rating for the competency obscures the specific mental toughness aspect, unless the specific questions are investigated.…

How much detail makes for a good Competency framework?

Much of the work we do with clients involves, at some level, job analysis or competency frameworks. Working with large numbers of these you do begin to see patterns and consistent themes, but we do also see a great variation in the depth, breadth and structure of competency models. When developing a framework to underpin your talent management efforts, it can be fiendishly difficult to strike a balance between something that will apply to most and making it too generalised to be useful. The potential application and therefore level of detail and specificity required in a framework is therefore something well worth debating before you embark on a competency development project.…

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