Why and where competency frameworks succeed or fail

Let’s come clean about this. Whether useful or not, it’s time to admit that competency frameworks are flawed, not least because at heart they are unsystemic and linear. This matters: they concern generic behaviour and they target individuals. This is quite a burden,...

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Are we individuals or people at work?

Lessons from the right to bear arms School shootings in the US receive much discussion. In 1977 the National Rifle Association won an important argument in the US Senate. Lawyers decided that the original US constitution’s 1791 Second Amendment reference to the right...

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Beam me up, Scotty…

Star Trek fans argue about what Captain Kirk said to Mr Scott and what he meant. It is also claimed he said “There is no intelligent life here”. It sometimes feels like that. What I actually meant by misquoting Kirk is that the long-awaited future is now with us ......

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Looking for earlier material?

We hope that you are enjoying the look and feel of our refreshed website. Dr. William Tate has an extensive archive of blog posts created prior to the launch of this site.  If you are doing research or looking for inspiration we have retained these on-line and you can...

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How should organisations engage with their employees?

Some old and some new theories suggest we still have much to learn. Thinking has moved on since Douglas McGregor’s 1960 still-popular Theory X (authoritarian) and Theory Y (participative) view on motivation and management, based on negative or positive assumptions...

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