It’s career more than content

Learning, and developing people to perform better, is a strategic business tool. Yet it’s not about the learning that people care about. If you ask someone why they’re taking a training class, pursuing a micro credential, or taking courses that lead to a more traditional certificate or degree the response you’ll receive will center on their next job, a possible promotion, or a new professional path. In this short video I highlight that learning is the tool that’s a part of the advancement process, but the focus isn’t about the content, it’s about their career.

Then what’s the outcome that provides success for both employer and employee?  Implementing a career path that clearly outlines the growth opportunities available and identifies the technical skills along with the business behaviors the person will need to be successful in the new role. Then, align these criteria to a learning ladder that shows people how, and where, they can acquire and develop these capabilities.

Developing a robust internal talent pipeline is the real strategic business tool, learning is a key component to achieve this growth. It works best when everyone clearly understands what’s needed to grow using a learning ladder aligned to a career path model. Let’s talk more about how you can use these processes as your strategic business and retention tool. We can Zoom or even use the phone to talk because together, we are stronger, and we don’t need being remote or at a distance to keep us from connecting and engaging – let’s learn and work together!  I’ll bring some coffee…. Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Career pathing & Competencies, Part 4: Competencies to career path

When there are career options and areas to grow people tend to stay adding their expertise and experience to the organization’s growing knowledge base. Knowing the competencies needed in a new role enables current employees to identify the specific business behaviors and professional skills they need to have to be prepared to grow and move in their career within the organization. In this short video I share how using this framework provides exposure to additional roles that can be career opportunities for employees and a quicker way for organizations to develop a robust, internal talent pipeline focused on meeting their business needs.

Creating this internal talent pipeline can benefit the employee and the organization and works best when everyone clearly understands the technical knowledge and business behaviors needed to demonstrate performance success and this can be done using a competency framework aligned to a career path model to develop people to grow. Let’s talk more about how you can use learning as a strategic business and retention tool. We can Zoom or even use the phone to talk because together, we are stronger, and we don’t need being remote or at a distance to keep us from connecting and engaging – let’s learn and work together!  I’ll bring some coffee…. Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Career pathing & Competencies, Part 3: Creating your competency framework

The thought of creating a competency framework seems overwhelming when you are considering the knowledge, skills, and business behaviors people use in their role to achieve performance success. In this video I outline the steps you can use to streamline this process by observing, listening, interviewing, and focusing on the actions actual practitioners use in their daily efforts. The level of proficiency is a key component of each step as it relates to bringing new hires up to speed combined with ways existing, skilled workers have reached this level.

I outline the 4 basic building blocks your efforts will result in and how you can then expand and add additional blocks to craft your, unique, framework that can be used to evaluate the level of expertise current employees have, identify opportunities to target professional development, and enable accurate job postings.  Let’s talk more about how you can use learning as a strategic business and retention tool. We can Zoom or even use the phone to talk because together, we are stronger, and we don’t need being remote or at a distance to keep us from connecting and engaging – let’s learn and work together!  I’ll bring some coffee…. Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Career pathing & Competencies, Part 2: Building a competency framework

Developing a framework of the knowledge, skills, and business behaviors that every person uses in the performance of their role sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. In this 2nd of 4 programs, I share resources to use as an outline and I describe the building block process I use to define competencies and develop a competency framework involving skilled practitioners as they perform. Begin by observing what and how their work is done, identifying the level of expertise needed to be successful, and defining the level of proficiency required to perform successfully is then followed up with conversations focused on how to obtain these varied skills and how long it takes.

Creating a competency framework involves a thorough examination of the complete set of skills people use daily and provides an increased level of understanding and connection between the individual role, the team processes, and where the strategic alignment to organizational performance fits in. Let’s talk more about how you can use learning as a strategic business and retention tool. We can Zoom or even use the phone to talk because together, we are stronger, and we don’t need being remote or at a distance to keep us from connecting and engaging – let’s learn and work together!  I’ll bring some coffee…. Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Attract and Keep Your Dream Team, Part 1: The Big Picture

Learning, used strategically, impacts the bottom line of your organization. Join me in this 1st of a 4-part video series as I share techniques to influence the employee lifecycle. This interconnected process has 5 steps where you can influence and engage your team as it forms and grows.  When we consider the stages in this lifecycle it becomes clear we interact with the different steps constantly as we connect with our teammates. When we are authentically engaged, we are using recruiting skills and when planning for the future it is with the perspective of the team in place. Focusing on being present in the workplace creates opportunities to grow and develop our people to be successful today and tomorrow.

Next time we’ll examine the five “C’s” needed to drive talent success and impact retention and in the meantime, I would enjoy talking with you about how we can partner to strategically develop your team so let’s Zoom or send me an email and keep the conversation going!  Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

What does “back to work” really mean?

What if returning to the office isn’t an option for you right now?  From family to personal needs what does it mean if you are the leader of a team returning to the office and you can’t join them?  In this video we look at the personal process to consider and the role you can lead with to redefine what work is creating the opportunity to build trust and create a culture that values the work being done more than the chair being sat in.  Going back to work is going to be different for every person and this video highlights how this can be a positive process.

Check out the video and see how we can begin this process by realizing that how and where we work is changing but our shared purpose will keep us aligned and allow us to remain productive independent of time and place. I would enjoy talking more with you about how we can partner on identifying ways to strategically develop your team so let’s Zoom or send me an email, let’s keep learning together!  Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Organizational Ownership

We talk about creating a learning culture and having employees take control of their learning and professional development and then we get so frustrated when workers attending these high-quality training courses are texting or checking their emails under the table.  Don’t they want to learn?

Before we point fingers at bored employee let us step back a moment and ask where the organization’s ownership of the learning culture is, have they defined what skills and competencies they want people to acquire and why?  Has the organization described the business proposition clearly and does the worker know the WIIFM, the What’s In It for Me?  In this short video I identify several key tactics every organization needs to put in place to define the jobs of tomorrow and identify how they can then prepare their workforce for these jobs with new training options, stretch roles, and educational collaborations. This collaboration and shared ownership provides the way to achieve success, and then the culture where learning is experienced will lead to growth and high performance.

Check out the video and see how we can begin this transformation by realizing that the purpose of learning is to support and grow the organization and that means all parties must come together to define and describe the future so everyone knows What’s In it for Me. I would enjoy talking more with you about how we can partner on identifying career paths that can develop your talent pipeline so let’s Zoom or send me an email, let’s keep learning together!  Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Let’s create a community career path!

Do your workers jump to another company when there is an opportunity for a higher salary and more responsibilities?  Is this drain a challenge for you to fill?  Or is this an opportunity to build a broader talent pipeline that can benefit you as well as others in your community.

In this short video, Let’s create a community career path!, I outline a method to connect organizations using a set of common role profiles with a focus on creating collaboration instead of competition for talent and leveraging the knowledge acquired by the person from each member business to strengthen their own talent pool.  This is based on a common agreement around key technical skills and behavioral competencies.  Build on the strength of the community and create ways to build on each other’s training and work practices to establish common values and accepted levels of defined proficiency.  This allows you to know that when a supervisor has mastered time management and staff scheduling at one place that they don’t have to be re-trained at another.  The key to this, based on the common agreement on role responsibilities, is to develop and use a shared microcredentialing model so everyone knows who can “do” the job in terms of performance capabilities.

Check out the video and see why this could help employers better qualify future employees and reduce recruiting time, employee turnover, and cost of retraining. I would enjoy talking more with you about how we can partner on identifying career paths that can develop your talent pipeline so let’s Zoom or send me an email, let’s keep learning together! Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Planning for flexibility

Sometimes contingency plans have a way of becoming permanent and while we have screen grabmade the transition to remote work and remote learning we need to start require instruction to be more accommodating for all involved. In this short video I share the need for a hybrid flexible, or HyFlex, model that supports location choice and time options while maintaining a consistent level of content, activities, and assessment strategies. The key attribute is being able to meet people’s changing need to access content and peers seamlessly from face-2-face to a blended online to a completely asynchronous interaction and support the seamless transition between these different delivery channels and experiences on a daily basis.

While I can’t be live in front of you now, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss and explore this topic in greater detail and how we can help you and your team perform and succeed.  Send me an email or call and let’s talk! Use the contact button above or visit visit our web site!

Remote Leadership

We are in a lifespace now where work and home are blurred. Gone are the models of having defined space for work and family, time for tasks, and an ability to focus solely on work. Now childAnnotation 2020-03-23 142437ren are asking for help with schoolwork or may be just bored, our spouse has a web conference call the same time you do, and you’re wondering if anyone let the dog out. As a leader the rules have changed and now, more than ever before, the emphasis needs to be on managing the work and leading the people.

Let’s focus on what others are dealing with in their lifespace, how you react sets the tone for the team. Empathy, understanding, and trust will create a culture where people will align to the purpose so let’s forget about the 9-5 model and move towards a framework where the deliverable, the outcome, matters and allow people to flex the middle space so they can meet the need with the intended results.

Take a look at this short video, Leadership@Home, and let’s think about ways to create a compassionate, connected community that can work effectively, live joyfully, and is engaged with all the people in their lifespace. If you want to talk about working remotely and ways to engage with your team, let’s talk! Use the contact button above or visit our web site!