Making competencies work – the nuts and bolts of your organisation

nuts and bolts of competencies

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. You may need to: Review your job descriptions to ensure they don’t…

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Bringing your competency framework to life

spring clean competencies

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…

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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…

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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. But we’re also seeing organisations who have…

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Leadership and Learning Agility

Increasingly we are hearing from organisations that are moving away from highly bespoke, tailored models of leadership effectiveness within their organisations to using generic, cross-sector criteria for assessing their top people, finding talent and developing their pool of leaders. One recurring theme among these generic models is learning agility. This is not a new concept; in their 1985 paper “Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge”, Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus…

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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. With the importance of mental…

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The Head Light Competency Framework – it’s arrived

The world of work has changed – and the language used has changed. In the past we’ve helped customers re-shape a competency framework they already have in place – and we’ve helped others to create a framework and common competence language from scratch. In addition we want to bring our customers the value of the rigour of an off-the-shelf competence model with the benefit of taking it and branding it…

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