Why we need a common language for skills   Many years ago, when I was running an office supplies company, we had a customer come into the shop saying "I need an elephant!". The initial response to the blank looks of the staff resulted in the customer saying with more urgency "you know, an ELEPHANT!". We tried to help, avoiding the obvious jokes about this not being...

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92% of companies are taking on a form of digital transformation   A recent study published by TechTarget on the "UK & Ireland 2019 IT Priorities" highlighted that 92% of companies are taking on a form of digital transformation. 2019_IT_Priorities_UKI_Infographic   Does your company have the required skills to deliver Digital Transformation?   As reported by Gartner, most companies don't have an accurate inventory of their current skills. There's also evidence building...

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Objective vs Subjective

When trying to compare tools or approaches to assessments, interviews etc., sometimes the question comes up about the difference and benefits of 'objective' vs 'subjective'. Unfortunately some of the responses and content on this subject are quite misleading, and often the wrong questions are asked.     Definitions   First, let's start with understanding the definition of these terms:   Subjective: Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. ‘his views are...

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SkillsTx President, Matthew Burrows, has been invited to run a one-day pre-conference workshop at the Service Management World event in Orlando, Florida on November 11, 2019.   Title: Digital Skills Management: Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)   Date and Time: November 11, 2019, 9:00am to 3:45pm   Abstract: People, their skills and experience, have become a critical aspect for the operations of companies with a dependency on Information &...

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Recently I've noticed a trend of companies who are implementing generalist HR tools, but then not being 100% happy with the outcome they receive.   It seems I'm not the only one noticing this. Josh Bersin, well-known industry analyst, talked about this at the Unleash event we were exhibiting at in London recently - "In many of my recent discussions with HR technology buyers I've been surprised...

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