Entries by mkritzman

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How and why to do a Skills Assessment

What is a skills assessment A skills assessment is a survey or interview measuring skill and knowledge. We recommend a 1-5 Likert scale where 1 is emerging, and 5 is mastery. Skill assessment reports help leaders visualize who knows what and identifies gaps where training may be needed to maximize the growth and potential of the individual. Why skill […]

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How to Manage Rapidly Shifting Technology Competencies

Internet of Things. Big Data. User-generated content. It’s a different world today for technology professionals, and it seems that new technologies and opportunities appear daily that these workers must quickly master in order for businesses to stay competitive. But how?   Competency frameworks have been used for some time to categorize, organize, and manage the […]

3 Step Guide to Engage Millennial Employees

The average millennial tenure is only two years. The average cost to replace is $24,000 not to mention the down time. With stats like these it’s important to have a proactive strategy to increase retention. Millennials are different kind of talent. They grew up with chat rooms and Twitter. Engaging and retaining Millennials is more important than […]

The New CIO

  We’ve all been there New in a role with high performance expectations, limited time to make an impact, and with extremely limited knowledge about team capabilities – competencies and skills, strengths, weaknesses, track record, style, etc. In the past, when companies were centrally located, the task of gathering data on employees was much easier than […]

Frequent Performance Reviews

Performance reviews aren’t done frequently because it’s too painful and difficult. Many companies want to move away from annual reviews but doing it once a year is already so painful that the thought of doing that same process more once a year is too much to consider. The current process is difficult for the reviewer, the subject, and those […]

Annual Performance Reviews Don’t Work

When performance management reviews are brief annual events, they often do more damage than good. It’s like a football coach reserving feedback until the season ends. Employees at all levels benefit from frequent informal feedback and specific guidance to improve. Most employees seek continuous ways to develop knowledge and skills. Ignoring these needs can lead […]