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PODCAST: Revolutionizing Digital Skills with SFIA: A Conversation on the Service Management Leadership Podcast

The Challenge: Objective and Consistent Talent Evaluation In the constantly evolving digital landscape, accurately and objectively assessing and measuring digital and professional skills remains a formidable challenge. Whether you’re an individual striving to advance your career, a team leader seeking to optimize your workforce, or even a government agency aiming to build a skilled nation, […]

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Mind vs. Machine: Evaluating Skills in the AI-Infused Workplace

The AI Paradox With the relentless march of AI bots into our professional lives, the once-clear demarcation between human and machine labour fades into obscurity. This integration brings a paradoxical challenge to the forefront: crafting a synergy between the irreplaceable human touch and the inexorable efficiency of AI. As AI becomes increasingly integrated into our

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Ditch the Decoder Ring: Speak the Language of Digital Talent with SFIA

Ever feel like job descriptions are written in ancient hieroglyphs? Sure, “10+ years of experience” and “ninja-level expertise” sound impressive, but they’re more like blurry cave paintings in today’s digital jungle. Here’s the truth: relying on these old-school relics is like trying to find buried treasure with a rusty compass. You might stumble upon something

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From Buzzword to Brilliance: The Skills Intelligence Revolution

In today’s dynamic digital workplace, the value of human capital remains paramount. The people and their skills and competencies are the lifeblood of any organization or government, driving innovation, growth, and success. However, understanding the true capabilities of your workforce is a complex and often elusive endeavor. Years of experience, degrees, and certifications only scratch

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Leveraging SFIA to Drive a Systematic People Analytics Approach

In the modern business landscape, data-driven decision-making has become a cornerstone for organizations striving to remain competitive and innovative. Human resources and talent management are one area where data analytics is proving to be incredibly impactful. People analytics, a field involving data to inform HR strategies, has gained immense traction in recent years. However, to

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From High School Cyber Whiz to CISO: Marie Crosby’s SFIA-Driven Career Journey

Step into the captivating world of cybersecurity and witness the extraordinary journey of Marie Crosby, an ambitious tech enthusiast with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. From graduating as a promising young cyber whiz from a local trade school to ascending to the coveted position of Chief Information Security Officer at a Fortune 500 tech company,

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Leveraging SFIA to Enhance NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation

Organizations strive to enhance their cybersecurity posture and protect sensitive information, often using established frameworks to guide their efforts. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework has emerged as a leading resource for organizations seeking a systematic approach to managing cybersecurity risks. However, successfully implementing the NIST framework requires technical expertise and

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Driving Digital Value & Mitigating Risk: The Power of a SFIA-Based Skills Inventory

In today’s digital landscape, enterprises face a dual challenge: maximizing digital value and managing digital risk. Digital value refers to the tangible and intangible benefits organizations can derive from their digital investments, such as increased efficiency, improved customer experiences, and competitive advantages. On the other hand, digital risk encompasses the potential negative impacts and vulnerabilities

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Demystifying Expertise: SFIA – A Scientific Approach to Knowledge, Skill Proficiency, and Competence

LinkedIn says the word ‘expert’ is used in over 60% of job descriptions. The imprecise and subjective term “expert” should be banished from job descriptions and replaced by clear and measurable skill requirements to avoid bias and ensure objective candidate evaluation. By discarding the nebulous term “expert” and embracing a structured approach to skill assessment,

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Rethinking Digital Talent Assessment: SFIA vs. Vendor Certifications

Dear LinkedIn community, Today, I want to challenge the status quo and shake up how we measure digital talent and competence. It’s time to question the reliance on vendor-specific training and certifications and embrace a more powerful approach: the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). 🚫 Vendor-Specific Training and Certifications: A Limiting Approach 🚫

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