“The greatest presentation I have ever witnessed on the competency framework.”
This is how Donald H. Taylor described Angela O’Donovan’s keynote on the subject of strategies for developing Competency Models in the contemporary environment and we wholeheartedly agree.
Angela O’Donovan, HR Strategy and Organisation Development Manager with UCC shared with us her expertise on best practices on approaches, the challenges of implementation and lessons learned on how to ensure your framework is set up for success. Angela’s presentation titled “The Confused World of Competency. A Matter of Gaining Perspective” was comprehensive, insightful and engaging. Here are just some of the Key takeaways from Angela’s Keynote speech.
What are Competency Frameworks Really About?
1. It’s about people and the roles they hold and the tasks that they do and how these relate to other roles and tasks within organisations at different levels.
2. It’s about what people currently do/do not do ie. A projected journey/end state can be reached by employees who wish to.
3. It’s a map/guide with many purposes and uses which can be navigated with ease.
4. It can be in generic or detailed formats with more or less reference to skills behaviour and mindsets. Good frameworks provide signposts towards these behaviour skills and approaches.
5. It can be a static document that has to be brought to life in its connection to career pathways and developmental activity. It ages quickly without a process for updating.
“Building a competency framework is like building a complex origami unicorn…you need to have a reason to be building it and be comfortable to be working without knowing what you are building.” – Angela O’ Donovan
Angela dives into demystifying the competency framework in an impeccable manner by breaking down, What it can be used for, how best to develop one and current trends and challenges. We highly recommend that you experience Angela’s full presentation for yourself. As an IITD member, you can access the presentation and the recording here. You can also sign up for the IITD membership to gain access to a wealth of knowledge and more events sponsored by Enovation here.