Competency Archives

Competency, are you confident that you have the skills behaviours and knowledge (competencies) that will enable you to realise your strategic aims?

competency based development

Do your HR people know what  future competencies the organisation requires? Spectrain only design competency based training courses, they are measurable because we see evidence of people’s competence and confidence growing during the course.

The Peter Principle Occupational Incompetence

The peter principle the journey from competence to incompetence, was written by Laurence J. Peter  who analysed hundreds of cases of occupational incompetence which led him to formulate Principle. The book is extremely humorous, a satirical model, it was first published in 1969. What is surprising is that many of us continue to experience the impact of occupational incompetence resulting from ridiculous promotion decisions. For those who experience the Peter Principle occupational incompetence at work it is no laughing matter. Having worked in an organisation where incompetence permeated through many levels the impact on people and performance was devastating. The [...]

2023-12-29T18:12:12+00:00Categories: Competence Category|Tags: |

Exploit and cultivate core competencies

"How will you exploit and cultivate core competencies, those that will enable you to achieve your strategic aims?" This is a question that I regularly ask during strategic planning workshops and one which leaders answer from a systems and process perspective. While systems are necessary for any company, most are not unique ,therefore, systems and expertise that are easily copied provide little competitive advantage. However, systems and processes are driven by core competencies which are the sum of collective learning across business units over time and they have become embedded in the organisations culture. Core competencies are a source of competitive [...]

2023-12-20T11:54:08+00:00Categories: Competence Category|Tags: |


it's infectious, incompetence permeates through organisations subtly infecting others like bacteria. How does incompetence creep into the organisation? incompetence permeates through organisations in a number of ways. Infectious incompetence thrives in people, those with fixed mindsets who have become experts at the blame game. Failure defines them. However, this incompetence hides inside the cells of the immune system represented by the culture within the organisation and well hidden does not  generate an obvious immune response. Yet, incompetence has stealth it multiplies inside these cells, and infects others creating further infections of apathy, detachment, disinterest, fear. [...]

2024-01-31T18:12:30+00:00Categories: Incompetence, What are competencies?|Tags: |

Competency Based Learning and Development

Why do organisations invest in competency based learning and development? In my experience organisations invest in competency based learning and development to cut out the irrelevance of content not related to occupational performance among the products offered by many learning and development providers. This saves both time and money since the focus of developent is on specific competencies and not on areas where employees are already capable. What is Competence? Competence is an observable characteristic of expertise. It is not the expertise itself, but the explicit and tacit knowledge that underpins that expertise. Competency Based Learning Design. Competency based learning [...]

2023-09-19T07:51:36+00:00Categories: Competence Category|Tags: |

What Are Competencies?

Many organisations have recognised the huge benefits to be gained from the introduction of competency frameworks. Competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that contribute to individual and organizational performance How are they expressed? By focusing on the inputs (competencies) and (outputs) performance, companies can build a picture of the capabilities of the workforce and can use this profile to recruit, develop and align  job requirements to strategic goals and targets. The benefits of identifying competencies Competencies identify the success criteria for specific job roles They provide focus for development activities and ensure that priority is given to [...]

2023-12-27T20:48:54+00:00Categories: Competence Category|Tags: |

Nationalization Succession Strategies

Nationalization  policies are an attempt by governments to increase utilization of nationals and reduce reliance on expatriate labour. Whether, Yemenization, Qatarization, or Kuwaitization, all have one thing in common - a quota-based approach to increasing the number of nationals in employment  while reducing the reliance on foreign labour. Expatriate Exodus Economic growth in the Arab region over the past decade has exposed a deficiency in the supply of qualified national labour and inadequate approaches to human resource development which necessitates a heavy reliance on the recruitment of expatriates. The rising unemployment rates among nationals and the need to increase the [...]

The Managers Role in Promoting Quality Leadership

Effective management involves understanding and reacting to the operational aspects of your role as well as visibly promoting quality leadership competencies to develop trusting relationships with staff members that support your business. The Managers Role in Promoting Quality Leadership As a manager, you have responsibility not only for financial and strategic management, but also for developing your staff. It is important to understand the importance that your relationships with direct reports and co-workers has on your ability to be successful in the achievement of the goals you have set for your project or department Ask yourself these questions... How would [...]

2023-07-16T13:08:18+00:00Categories: Competence Category|Tags: |
Go to Top