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On the Value of Competency Assessment:  How Your Company Can Make and Save More Money

by Patrick Allen, Vice President of Strategy and Development We live in an empirical society.  What this means is that we use numbers in relation to specific concepts which are valued for offering evidence to support a claim. For instance, …

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Why Functional Competencies?

by Patrick Allen, Vice President of Strategy and Development Why Functional Competencies Make Sense for Your Business  Philosophically, functional competencies make sense. This is because functional competencies are concerned with someone being able to perform an act that demonstrates competency rather than …

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How a Succession Planning Strategy Can Help Your Bottom Line

 by Patrick Allen, Vice President of Strategy and Development Succession planning is the process in which valuable insights, knowledge, and skills are captured from outgoing employees and shared with remaining or incoming ones. Why is this important for your business?  Often, the …

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Why are Competencies Valuable to Your Workforce?

Written by Patrick Allen – Vice President, Strategy & Development Lots of people understand the term ‘competency‘ and have an understanding of what it means. The general view is that competencies are detailed frameworks for what should count as valued …

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Functional Competencies to Meet Compliance and Safety Guidelines

  Functional competencies are designed to ensure that someone is competent in a role with respect to the actual functions of the role. The difference between functional competencies and competencies as a blanket concept is that functional competencies are premised …

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A Business Case for Developing a Competency Based Approach to Human Resources Practices

Competencies are at the core of good HR training programs. When a specific competency is clearly defined and properly related to practical skills associated with a particular job role, the results are extensive. For one, job descriptions for skilled positions are …

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Using Competency Frameworks to Conduct Training Needs Analysis

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I was writing a methodology for a Request for Proposal recently to conduct a training gap analysis for an occupational group. As always,   I reflected on my experience conducting similar projects to see what ideas I could come up with. Over …

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Competency Based Training Explained

I am seeing a lot more interest lately in competency-based training for educational institutions and the workplace. People often ask me to explain competency-based training. If you would like a quick explanation about what it is and how it can …

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Do you dread performance interviews? A free checklist for great competency interviews.

  Discussions about employee performance are often looked upon with dread by managers and employees alike. But this does not need to be so. Competency maps provide the basis for conducting meaningful discussions with employees about their performance. Everyone knows up …

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Are you an Effective Team Manager?

Teams and groups are an inevitable and natural part of the workplace.  Teams are great for getting work done, protecting people’s interests, and satisfying the social needs of individuals.  Teamwork can make a large and seemingly insurmountable task doable. As …

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