Diana Van Blaricom

Ciber Infor HCM and HR Strategist

Make Competencies a Part of Your Talent Management ‘Lifestyle’


I frequently talk about Competencies and creating a culture of Talent Management as a “lifestyle” change.

And we all know change can be difficult. So—whether we’re talking about fitness, diets or  even lifestyle changes related to how you work—the experts recommend taking small steps each day to drive improvement.

The same holds true when you’re looking to improve your HR initiatives.  Think about all those projects you have on your desk just waiting to be tackled.  Can the work be divided  up into smaller doses so that it’s easier to drive to success, and to keep some momentum going?

If you’ve ever heard about agile development, you know it’s an iterative and incremental way build software faster.  The same methodology can be applied to your HR initiatives by learning how to drive small successes every day. When it comes to Competencies and Talent Management, think about organizing your jobs and positions into “job families” and dividing the work so that you can tackle it one job family at a time.

Smaller efforts accomplished each week will allow you to create change and drive momentum within your organization. Eventually, it becomes habit—a lifestyle change.

Talent management is a cultural shift for most organizations, and it takes a lot of work to get there.  So instead of staring at the steep mountain of effort with project paralysis, think about what you can do today to start getting your organization headed down the path of success—the path to becoming a true “talent-driven” organization.

Here are some ways to tackle the mountain:

  • Divide jobs and positions into job families (breaking it down into workable groups).
  • Prioritize the groups, and systematically make positive steps toward change.
  • Begin analyzing the job descriptions to determine the components and enter them into the system, or a working spreadsheet, in preparation for future upload.

It makes a monumental task seem more manageable.  And, you can recruit friends and co-workers to help you by dividing the work based on your priority list.  Once you get started, you’re on your way to creating a talent-driven organization!

To learn more about Competencies and Talent Management, watch our webinar.

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