Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace

In my CEO networking groups, I keep hearing frustrations about how Generation X employees don’t work well with Millennials or Baby Boomers. Or when Millennials and Baby Boomers are on the same team, certain disagreements often come up. And I often hear a certain ambivalent bracing for change as Gen Z college grads are starting… Read More

4 Important Considerations for Writing Competency Definitions

I think we can all agree that writing competency definitions can be challenging. Every employee has a unique writing style developed during their career, and some writers are more skilled than others. Levels of detail can vary, and those levels can often make or break the success of the project. Some technical or role-related jargon… Read More

3 Keys to Successful Federal Leadership Development

We need leaders at all levels of the federal government. As the economic, political and demographic landscapes shift, those leaders must thrive in an ever-changing, digitally connected and transparent world. Developing leaders requires attention to workforce trends as well as flexibility and creativity. How do public sector human resource personnel create and manage development programs… Read More

Are You Failing Millennials with Your Performance Management?

Millennials are projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation in 2019, the Pew Research Center announced earlier this month. They are already the most prevalent generation in the workplace and are on track to comprise 50 percent of the workforce globally by 2020. So, today’s workplaces must be perfectly aligned to support this… Read More

Competency Management: Understanding the Return on Effort

Built upon a skills gap analysis, competency management – on its surface – is relatively simple. It consists of three basic activities: Define the competency requirements for each job role in terms of the skills and proficiencies that are required for high performance. Assess employees’ comfort level with the skills and proficiencies identified. Analyze the… Read More

How to Choose Government Competency Management Technology

I’m often asked whether competency management systems for commercial entities work well for government organizations, too. The answer is “not necessarily.” Corporations and government organizations have similar competency management needs. Both have an interest in understanding the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors that their employees need to succeed. Both want a “dashboard” that displays current… Read More

Generation Z is Here. Are You Ready?

The Homeland Generation. Founders. Plurals. Post-Millennials. iGeneration. Gen Z. Or, if New York Times’ readers have a say, Deltas or Generation Scapegoat. Whatever we call the generation that comes after Millennials, born around 1995 or later, the oldest are graduating from college now. Are you ready for this next generation (we’ll refer to them as… Read More