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TCG’s Consulting Services

To meet the diverse needs of our clientele, The Competency Group offers three kinds of consulting services: 1> Organizational design, streamlining, and enhancement of workplace efficiency  This level of consulting is aimed at medium- to large-sized organizations that have a …

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The Value of Competency-Based Job Descriptions

This blog post will look upon a recent CBC article that speaks about how competencies are different from credentials and provide a basis for why implementing a competency-based HR strategy will benefit any organization. The article demonstrates a kind of dichotomy between …

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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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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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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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When An Employee Outgrew Her Job Description: A Case Study

Janet began at your company in an entry-level accounting position 20 years ago.  When new computer technology was adopted in her department, she took an active part of the transition, working closely with your IT staff to configure the new …

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Five Succession Planning Mistakes You Might Be Making

Succession planning is an essential part of sustainable business practices, but only a minority of businesses actually have an active succession plan.  Even a business with a succession plan may not have all their ducks in a row.  So, whether …

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How well do you manage YOU?

When I think of the term ‘manager’, I think of someone who organizes things, organizes people, takes initiative, develops and implements new policies, procedures, and processes – you know, someone who makes things happen.  I’ve had some great managers since …

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The Effect of Corporate Knowledge Loss

In 2004, a study of 240 organizations was conducted by TalentKeepers, who found that the greatest impact of employee turnover was lost knowledge – not profitability!  Lost knowledge had negatively affected a staggering 78% of the organizations. How does knowledge …

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