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CoP Update: Competency Models and Organizational Success

A competency model is a framework that identifies the key skills, behaviors, and attitudes required to achieve individual professional growth and, by extension, organizational success.From 2003 to 2008, Google, Inc. grew in size from 1,000 to 15,000 employees. As a result, during this time Google faced difficult challenges vis-à-vis recruitment, skills development, and, in general, how to shape its young and inexperienced workforce into a pool of potential leaders. Yvonne Agyei, Google’s […] Read more

CoP Update: Competency Models and Organizational Success

A competency model is a framework that identifies the key skills, behaviors, and attitudes required to achieve individual professional growth and, by extension, organizational success.From 2003 to 2008, Google, Inc. grew in size from 1,000 to 15,000 employees. As a result, during this time Google faced difficult challenges vis-à-vis recruitment, skills development, and, in general, how to shape its young and inexperienced workforce into a pool of potential leaders. Yvonne Agyei, Google’s […] Read more

CoP Update: Developing Leaders in Growing Organizations

What is leadership? What does it mean to be an effective leader? How do organizations develop those among their ranks to become effective leaders?According to Jean Martin, Managing Director of the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), many organizations are unable properly to identify “high-potential” employees (those capable of becoming effective organizational leaders) among their ranks. Moreover, among those organizations that prioritize leadership development, most rely on false predictors of future success.For example, one […] Read more

CoP Update: Developing Leaders in Growing Organizations

What is leadership? What does it mean to be an effective leader? How do organizations develop those among their ranks to become effective leaders?According to Jean Martin, Managing Director of the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), many organizations are unable properly to identify “high-potential” employees (those capable of becoming effective organizational leaders) among their ranks. Moreover, among those organizations that prioritize leadership development, most rely on false predictors of future success.For example, one […] Read more

Closing the gaps

On May 19th we’re gathering to talk about the innovative processes and practices in education that will lead to the kinds of breakthrough results that eliminate long standing achievement gaps by income and race. Last month, McKinsey’s Social Sector office released this report on the devastating effects that the achievement gap has on the economy. Among other things, the report points out that the persistence of these educational achievement gaps imposes on […] Read more

Closing the gaps

On May 19th we’re gathering to talk about the innovative processes and practices in education that will lead to the kinds of breakthrough results that eliminate long standing achievement gaps by income and race. Last month, McKinsey’s Social Sector office released this report on the devastating effects that the achievement gap has on the economy. Among other things, the report points out that the persistence of these educational achievement gaps imposes on […] Read more