“Competencies and leadership development are the top two ways to have a business impact with training.” — Tom Hood, CPA, blog post 2- 29-08
“My current thinking on competency models is to consider them more as an ‘intermediate stage’ in the evolution (of capability building efforts) rather than as the final stage.” — Prasad Kurian’s blog post, and Alltop HR blog on HR, OD and Personal Effectiveness
Competency programs and models seem to be picking up speed in higher education – which may be connected with the impact of social media and the career development aspects of competencies. UM, as some of you know, launched a performance management site this year that features UM’s organizational competencies and several examples of technical/functional competency models.
Also of note, Google is approaching the 1/2 million mark for search results with the key words:
The fact that word “blog” even shows up with “university,” is intriguing, as social media is slow to come to higher education among the workforce, especially as a part of leadership and management communication strategies, as opposed to the digital natives — including university students, who write blogs freely about almost anything.
Here are three diverse examples and resources regarding competencies in both university and business settings.
- Basic Competencies of a 2.0 Librarian (as in Web 2.0 – a personal blog entry on tech/functional competencies focused) Nice examples of a self-developing competency list for a profession, with a focus in the blog post on technical skills, knowledge, abilities.
- Competencies Top Their List for Making an Impact CPA career progression model
- Student Health Professionals: Selected Competencies References a framework and guidance for 28 functional areas in student affairs (Miller et al, 2003). Each functional area has a list of competencies which guide student affairs professionals in all aspects of student life. Post is about student health professionals.
Feel free to comment below on what you think of the conversation on competencies, as well as the resources that exist and are emerging from various sources.
A general overview is available here via the training unit’s mapping of UM’s eight (8) organizational competencies. A search on the UM main site will produce 5,680 results using the key word competencies. The UM health system defines a competency as:
- a knowledge, skill, or behavior essential for one to function as an effective member of the University of Michigan
and then lists the health system’s 12 competencies here.
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