Most organization’s often find a less than favorable trend between ambition and performance. There is a balancing act between strategy formulation and execution. Often times it is front line employees that deal directly with the consumer or with production, while senior management looks for ways to ensure organizational effectiveness. Effective communication, a well-defined model and development of the organization’s objectives will help keep the best people, improve their performance and get results for the organization.
Here are a few tips for an organization’s competency development strategy that helps align its employees with organizational strategy.
Core Competency Model
Utilizing the company’s main strengths and proven advantages is the start of a core competency model. An organization should figure out what it is that enables it to be competitive in the marketplace. This model should also prove difficult for the competition to duplicate. While providing access across the boundaries into other markets, an organization will prove to the customers how they will also benefit. Focusing on the pooling of knowledge already in place within an organization will help keep employee development in line and on track as well.
Functional Competency Model
Typically an organization’s employee will have been hired based on technical skills that naturally align with the business needs. Once hired on the employee will also focus on their competency development. The functional competencies are job specific competencies that determine high performance. This also provides quality results in a given position. Focusing of each employee’s specialty or trait will also increase moral while improving job performance. This model also helps to define an organization’s employee’s behavior in the job role as well as developing criteria.
Leadership Competency Model
Also known to contribute to superior performance, leadership competencies allow an organization to focus on utilizing and developing leadership skills. In the long run, an organization will be creating their next generation of leaders. It is essential to all firms have a line of leadership capabilities. This model allows an organization to focus on unique leadership skills that ultimately create a competitive advantage. This, too, will also give individual employees a reachable long term goal that allows them to effectively lead the organization, others and themselves.
An organization’s goals are defined by the formulation and application of its major goals, initiatives and competency development strategies. The operational strategy for an organization’s employees and overall business direction will involve the development of plans, policies and overall direction of the enterprise. Utilizing a few well thought out tactics will help improve efficiency and control costs. Keeping good and effective employees on the front line is also crucial for the success of the organization. An effective and well defined model for this development is important.