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by Alexis Katigbak |
Aug 13, 2019
Alexis Katigbak is a Senior Product Manager at TeamFit. See her Skill Profile.   “The basic idea of deconstructing work has the potential to change everything HR does. You can call it a skills-based economy. As we get more and more...
by Steven Forth |
Dec 28, 2018
Steven Forth is a Co-Founder of TeamFit. See his Skill Profile.   In 2018, we saw increased emphasis on skill and competency management as a central aspect of the talent management puzzle. There were important product announcements from leading vendors including...
by Steven Forth |
Aug 21, 2018
Steven Forth is a Co-Founder of TeamFit. See his Skill Profile.   There has been a growing interest in competency models and their applications over the past few years. Companies understand that they need to manage and support their most important...
by Gregory Ronczewski |
Jun 7, 2018
Gregory Ronczewski is the Director of Product Design at TeamFit platform – view his profile on TeamFit Top image: The Auxiliary Territorial Service in the United Kingdom 1939 – 1945. ATS officers-in-training man a searchlight in Western Command, 28...
by Gregory Ronczewski |
May 31, 2018
Gregory Ronczewski is the Director of Product Design at TeamFit platform – view his profile on TeamFit Top image: yes, you are right – it’s a Roasted Pork Shoulder.   “Skills determine if you can do something, whereas talents...
by Steven Forth |
Mar 22, 2018
Steven Forth is a Co-Founder of TeamFit. See his Skill Profile.   Surveys of various types have been a popular tool for people in talent and performance management. So popular that many of us feel surveyed out. I confess that TeamFit...
by Steven Forth |
Jan 29, 2018
Steven Forth is a Co-Founder of TeamFit. See his Skill Profile.   We have had more than 100 responses to the Skill and Expertise Management 2018 survey and are starting to see some interesting results. We are sharing these now and...
by Gregory Ronczewski |
Sep 7, 2017
Gregory Ronczewski leads the design of the TeamFit platform – see his profile on TeamFit   The Olympus OM40 was my first “real” camera. I carried it everywhere. It was perfect. Soon I started to experiment with all the settings. Shutter...
by Steven Forth |
Aug 2, 2017
Skill management is new to many companies. They may have a vestigial list of skills in their talent management or learning management system. More likely they are managing skills in spreadsheets or as a collection of résumés – irregularly...
by Steven Forth |
Jul 24, 2017
More and more companies are investigating skill management platforms. Virtually any company that relies on the skills of its people to deliver services, develop innovations and create value for its customers needs to be able to answer critical business...
by Steven Forth |
Jul 13, 2017
Many professional services companies are focused on optimizing the utilization ratio. They are focused on making sure that all billable staff are at work on customer projects at least 70% of the time (the actual target varies from company...
by Steven Forth |
Jun 12, 2017
In a recent conversation with a major consulting company, we were asked about the relationship between skills and expertise. Their internal practices focus on expertise development rather than ‘raw skill’ and they wanted to know how we connect these...
by Steven Forth |
Mar 6, 2017
Many large or rapidly growing companies have a person responsible for talent acquisition. Aging workforces, changing skill requirements, competition for talent are all driving interest in talent acquisition. But is talent acquisition the most important way to build capabilities?...
by Steven Forth |
Jan 19, 2017
Talent Management looks at you from the outside while Skills Management is looking at you from the inside out. TeamFit is what connects the two. Chuck Hamilton   2017 is shaping up to be the year of ‘skills.’ Everywhere...
by Karen Chiang |
Dec 5, 2016
What does this mean for your professional services firm and more important for yourself as an individual? Dan Pink introduced the case that mastery, autonomy and purpose are the key drivers for business performance. What does this mean for...
by Steven Forth |
Oct 11, 2016
What is the primary role of company leadership in markets characterised by variability, complexity, ambiguity and risk? It is pretty simple really, building capabilities that deliver value to some part of the market. Then taking the revenues from the...
by Steven Forth |
Oct 5, 2016
For the past few weeks, I have been in conversations on critical emerging skill sets for different industries. The conversation has ranged from LinkedIn groups (especially Design Thinking), to long e-mail threads, to dips into Twitter and even Facebook....
by Steven Forth |
Aug 15, 2016
At TeamFit, we are carrying out a survey on skills in professional services. Basically we are asking what skills contribute to success today and tomorrow. Please contribute to this survey This has gotten us into many conversations about skills...
by Steven Forth |
Aug 9, 2016
Skills are at the center of TeamFit. They are one of the four key things that the platform connects, the others being People, Projects and Roles. Our focus on skills leads some people to ask “How is this different...
by Dr. Howard Esbin |
Jul 26, 2016
“Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.” – Rita Mae Brown, 1988 The words we use are always informed by their histories. They reflect and distill the thoughts and values of a particular time. Words change...
by Rita Trehan |
May 16, 2016
In a recent Entrepreneur article, contributor Matt Straz wrote, “Almost half of the companies that participated in the Workplace Trends’ Global Workforce Leadership Survey in February and March 2015 chose leadership as the hardest skill to find in employees. What’s more, among...
by Dan Pontefract |
May 6, 2016
While purpose in the workplace is imperative, leaders are potentially overlooking its significance to the overarching health of our civilization. My experience and research suggest purpose ought to be the objective, but it is the misalignment of the personal,...
by Amar Dhaliwal |
Feb 29, 2016
I enjoyed reading Josh Bersin’s predictions for 2016. As he says, we are in a bold new world where everything in the area of talent and HR is changing or being fundamentally disrupted. Josh’s research is always top notch...
by Steven Forth |
Dec 21, 2015
At TeamFit we spend a lot of time talking to people about their skills, parsing through skill and competency models, and looking at skill maps. One thing that often comes up is concern about overly general skill terms. One...
by Steven Forth |
Nov 9, 2015
Some professional services firms are proud that they use only employees for projects. They think that this is the best way to control quality, deliver consistency and optimize utilization. Other firms are making a strategic choice in favor of...
by Amar Dhaliwal |
Oct 28, 2015
I have a confession to make and it’s probably best just to come out with it… The X-Factor is one of my guilty pleasures. There I’ve said it. If you are not familiar with this hugely successful piece of...
by Steven Forth |
Sep 21, 2015
person’s job is to make sure that project teams are built quickly so that the company can start to book the projects it has sold. And as the job title implies, these people are expected to manage resources, that...
by Steven Forth |
Sep 14, 2015
TeamFit should be used by anyone who wants a deeper understanding of their own skills and the skills of the people they work with. The most common way this information is used is to find people for teams and...
by Steven Forth |
Sep 8, 2015
Good companies have skill gaps. One default response is to see this as a recruiting problem that HR can solve with more and better recruiting. But this is wrong. A skills gap is in essence an operations problem, one...
by Steven Forth |
Sep 1, 2015
What does it really mean to know what your own skills are? Or the skills of the people you work with? And why should you care? We are moving away from a world of rote, process driven work. If...
by Steven Forth |
Aug 19, 2015
Professional services companies can only win on the basis of differentiation. What does differentiation mean? You have an impact on some specific aspect of your client’s business that no other firm can deliver. That is it. Sounds simple, but...
by Steven Forth |
Aug 6, 2015
Skill in building teams is a critical competency in today’s world of team-based work. It is not an easy thing to do. Too often we bring together a group of people that we think will be able to work...
by Steven Forth |
Jul 27, 2015
You have pulled together a great team for your project. You have the skills needed, people know how their skills complement each other, and you have great connector skills to pull the team together. The team has gelled. You...
by Karen Chiang |
Jul 22, 2015
Some of the world’s top professional services companies are phasing out traditional performance reviews and staff rankings. For many years these were central to how these companies managed their staff, decided on promotions and bonuses. “Performance is an ongoing...
by Karen Chiang |
Jul 3, 2015
My colleague, Violetta, did a great post on the skills that MBAs bring to the table, the result of input from over 50 MBA students who attended a seminar we hosted. At TeamFit, we see the MBA community as...
by Violetta Yan |
Jul 1, 2015
Goal-oriented, driven and well trained – this is who we are as MBAs. In a sense, we are like Everest climbers – we take risks, work hard and rely on our capabilities to make it. But how do we...
by Amar Dhaliwal |
Jun 18, 2015
Last month, KPCB’s Mary Meeker presented KPCB’s 2015 Internet Trends report and what a treasure trove it is. One trend that Meeker commented on was the “re-imagining of enterprise computing” which is now “changing business process one segment at...
by Amar Dhaliwal |
May 29, 2015
Recently, CB Insights has published a series of blog posts about companies and industries being fundamentally disrupted (they use the term “unbundled”) by a brace of start-ups. These startups not only threaten large incumbents, they are unlocking enormous value...
by Steven Forth |
May 27, 2015
High performance teams take risks. They take calculated risks, but real risks that can have bad outcomes. And consistently taking risks, and making sure that enough of those risks pay off, requires trust. When was the last time you...
by Steven Forth |
May 21, 2015
Data is at the center of business strategy today. We use data to make decisions, define who we are (the quantified self and the data-driven enterprise) and even to predict the future. So it is not surprising that fights...
by Steven Forth |
May 6, 2015
Companies today are dependent on the skills of their talent to get work done. In an era of big data, machine learning and proprietary algorithms we rely more than ever on the skills of people working together to get...
by Steven Forth |
Apr 23, 2015
We changed the headline on the TeamFit website recently. “To Manage Your Talent. Know Your Talent.” Why the focus on talent? Well, talent is central to team performance. Yes a talented team can screw up (the Stanley Cup playoffs...
by Karen Chiang |
Mar 12, 2015
We released the TeamFit open beta this week. Our online team matching service that helps individuals and teams show off their accomplishments. We are building TeamFit because we know the nature of work is changing. The people on the...
by Steven Forth |
Jan 10, 2015
Big data, data analytics, predictive analytics, data visualization … these are all emerging as critical skill sets at many companies. Ten years ago a lot of us were busy pulling together our data into data warehouses and layering on...