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20 Competency Modeling Best Practices

By Jim Graber, PhD   We’ve previously made the business case for competencies and competency modeling, and we have written and advised extensively about different types and many aspects of competency modeling in this beginning series of blogs. Now, in one place, we want to consolidate some of the best...

How to Prepare for a Competency Modeling Project

By Jim Graber, PhD   Increasingly, organizations are deciding that integrated talent management systems are “the way to go,” and that the effort required to build them is justified by the benefits that follow. Recruiting and selection, learning, performance management, career development, succession and workforce planning can all be integrated...

Organization Core Competency Models

By Jim Graber, PhD Many organizations begin their competency journey by developing organization core competencies. It’s a great place to begin because it can have a lot of impact without a great deal of work. Integrity. Customer Focus. Problem-solving. Innovation. Communication. Teamwork. Virtually every organization has some fundamental requirements for all...

Decisions to be Made Before a Competency Modeling Project

By Jim Graber, PhD Increasingly, organizations are taking the leap and initiating competency model projects. There is no denying that the projects are a lot of work, but they are worth the effort because they form a basis for improving every aspect of talent management. Five Decisions Competency modeling can and...

Job Family Competency Modeling

By Jim Graber, PhD Last post, we described the job competency modeling approach, one job at a time, that we have traditionally and successfully used with thousands of jobs over the past 15 years. Here we are writing about a new, expedited approach where we develop competency models and job...

Jole Role Competency Modeling

By Jim Graber, PhD In this post we are describing Job Profiling (one job at a time). In the next, we will cover Job Family modeling, an approach we have increasingly used the past 1-2 years. Job or Role competency modeling is the primary approach we have used over the...

Principles of Competency Modeling

By Jim Graber, PhD A competency model is a set of competencies (typically 15-30) that describe the capabilities of successful performers. There are numerous competency modeling methods. They range from the most basic such as creating a short list or checking off items from a competency library to complex processes...

Different Approaches to Competency Modeling

By Jim Graber, PhD We define competency modeling as, “A systematic process of examining high performing individuals, the work, work process, and the organization to determine what capabilities are needed for successful job performance.” Competency models can be created for an entire organization, for a level such as leadership, for...
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