Jeff Griffiths, FCMC CTDP In my previous article, I mentioned some of the facts supporting the use of competencies. Some of you said “prove it” – so here’s some hard data. In Canada, the ground floor level on competencies is based on the “Essential Skills” – what in other contexts have been called workplace literacy, basic literacy, or “foundation skills”. A lot of active research has been conducted to look at what happens when employers focus on these competencies when hiring and … [Read more...] about Competency 101 – Part 4: SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!
Jeff Griffiths, FCMC CTDP In the previous two Competency 101 articles, Part 1 and Part 2, I introduced some foundation ideas around competencies. The next question that comes up is “Why should I use them? What makes this better than what I’m doing now?” Well, here’s what we know about traditional hiring practices: The traditional way of hiring someone involves reviewing resumés to find people who seem to have the right skills and experience, conducting interviews to gauge how they … [Read more...] about Competency 101 – Part 3 Ok… So What Can I Use These Things For?
Jeff Griffiths, WorkForce Strategies International In the first article in this series, we clarified the difference between competencies, tasks and skills. “Ok” I can hear you saying, “So now I know the difference. So what? What do I do with them?” In this second article in the series, we want to expand on competencies, and look at how we can organize them to be useful. The Competency Profile Remember the pitcher in the first article? Clearly a pitcher needs to pitch, but … [Read more...] about COMPETENCY 101 – PART 2 Profiles, Frameworks, Libraries … Huh? Different ways to organize competencies and make them useful.
Jeff Griffiths, WorkForce Strategies International The quality movement that caught hold in organizations through the 1980s spawned many different variations on process-based methods for improving organizational performance. Including the various ISO 900x standards in manufacturing, the Capability Maturity Model –Integrated (CMMI: originally created for military software engineering development and integration, but since extended to other sectors), Motorola’s “six-sigma” approach, … [Read more...] about Competency 101 – Part 1 … What the Heck are Competencies?