Browsing: Strategic Competencies

For long time readers and clients, this headline should come as no surprise.  CareerBuilder just published some research on the job market and hiring prospects for new college graduates and some of the findings, although well known within this blog’s community, are still worth discussing. The main point raised is that colleges are not adequately preparing their students for the job market.  Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer of CareerBuilder says “One in five employers feel colleges do not adequately prepare students with crucial workplace competencies, including soft skills and real-world experience…”.  Imagine if 20% of your customer base is not happy with your product! Here are the top competencies that were lacking in new graduates: Interpersonal or people skills: 52 percent Problem-solving skills: 46…

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Before we answer the above questions, let’s start with a few more.  Have you ever wondered how you make decisions?  Would you like to know so that you can improve your decision making ability?  Would you like to know how your group/organization makes decisions and take some action to improve their decision making capabilities – if you could? Would you prefer that decision makers (From Black Rock Blog):  “Focus more on long term goals OR short term metrics?” “Be thorough and take time OR be more impulsive?” “Recognize their shortcomings and seek more information and help OR assume they know everything?” Consider rights of others and be more cooperative OR not worry about that and focus on the task? Be more inquisitive and see more…

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The theme for this month’s issue of Harvard Business Review is “Reinventing America – Why the World needs the U.S. to Bounce Back”. There is one article in particular which highlights the need for the U.S. to become more competitive. Here Michael E. Porter (ever hear of Porter’s Five Forces Model?) and Jan W. Rivkin discuss the need for America to repair some “cracks in the foundation.” The area that I found most critical is human development, particularly the lack of focus on our education systems and the training / development of our employees.

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