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The Empowerment - Transparency Binary Are empowerment and transparency always mutually inclusive?   In most democratic countries we give our elected officials the empowerment to run government and make decisions that can affect our lives. But we EXPECT that they will make those decisions transparently. Sometimes unfortunately, there is less transparency than we expect of course, and we then need corruption watchdogs and the judiciary to uncover this…sigh.   What...

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Workforce planning. The process of forecasting your staffing needs and working out the range of ways you can create and maintain the workforce to help you to achieve your business goals over the longer term. For example: Managing Digital Transformation. Workforce Development. The planned development of staff to improve the ability to meet future business needs. Whether those be in: » Business or job requirements » Client and...

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People have a lot more skills than required by their current role and more than a third of roles will require a different mix of skills within the next year. So, why restrict skills assessments to the requirements of current roles only. Consider these statistics: SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age) Data from the Digital Skills Landscape Report 2018, show that, on average an individual...

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ISACA, an independent, non-profit, global association for IT governance professionals, publish an annual report of the results of their global State of Cybersecurity Survey. The 2018 version of this report shows that "Skills challenges remain, but are better understood. The skills gap continues unabated. Enterprises still have open security positions, and the time to fill them appears to have decreased slightly." Unfilled security positions “Fifty-nine percent of enterprises...

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Are we overly humble in our opinion of our digital skills or could the reverse be true?     What are the good skills?   The Digital Skills Landscape 2018 report, based on skills data analyzed from 4,902 individuals and produced by SkillsTx and BSMimpact raised some interesting points: Some skill types are far more abundant than others, with the following far exceeding the other skill types: strategy and architecture ...

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skills planning, sfia assessment

A rather famous businessman whose Virgin brand spans the globe is attributed to this quote: “Clients do NOT come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees they will take care of your clients”. Well it sure does make sense. So, in this world of UX (User Experience) and CX (Customer Experience), it’s encouraging to note that EX (Employee Experience) is finally getting attention. Of course, EX, and...

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skills based recruitment

 Last week, this article about Amazon scrapping their ‘sexist’ Artificial Intelligence tool, caught my eye. We’ve been working with some customers recently, assisting them in the recruitment and selection for several key vacancies, and our approach is completely free from any bias of this type.   Here’s the process: Job is advertised (whether through company website, LinkedIn, or recruitment agencies or boards). Candidates fill in an online form,...

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skills inventory issues

My Top 5 Digital Skills Management ‘Misconceptions’ I find the following five misconceptions a cause of great frustration, mainly because they are so easily overcome, especially with the advent of automation in terms of skill capture and exploitation of the resultant data. I personally find SFIA to be a wonderful framework, authored and refined over the years with input from across the industry to become a fantastic...

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skill gaps, cybersecurity

Skills gap analysis should prompt two questions in your mind: ‘are you sure you have the right people with the right skills to prevent hackers from getting to your customer data?’ ‘do you have the right people with the right skills to spot a breach quickly – or will you have to wait until an external organisation tells you that you have a problem?’ Not addressing...

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SkillsTX, BSMImpact

BSMimpact and SkillsTx capabilities unified under the SkillsTx branding. We’re making a few changes to our structure and the way we service various parts of the world. To better serve our customers, whilst maintaining the global consistency of our products and services, we’re moving to a more simplified company structure – with a single operating company in each of the 3 global regions. These will combine...

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