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Create a Competency Model and Perform a Competency Assessment to Identify Skill Gaps

Thursday, August 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Cheryl Lasse, Managing Partner, SkillDirector and Lesley Roddam, Customer Success Manager, Skill Director

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You can’t upskill or reskill without knowing the requirements for a role. Those requirements are defined in a competency or capability model. When people do a competency assessment, it identifies individual skill gaps that help them know how to upskill and reskill for their current or future job so they can succeed. In aggregate, skill gaps and proficiency data help executives pursue the best and most achievable strategy.

The need to upskill and reskill has increased significantly due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. But the pandemic has accelerated the pace of change. You can’t take six to 12 months to build competency models or they could be outdated on release. You need an agile methodology you can use to support strategic pivots. Once built, you need to create an environment where models will be embraced and made actionable.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:
• Rapidly create a competency model (along with templates and instructions)
• Perform a competency assessment

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Cheryl Lasse
Cheryl Lasse

Managing Partner, SkillDirector

Cheryl Lasse is SkillDirector’s managing partner. Her goal is to help people and companies achieve their potential. She has extensive experience with competency model development and implementation and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with others. She believes people are intrinsically motivated to excel if they are given access to a competency model for their role, the opportunity to assess themselves against that model, and personalized learning to help them close gaps and meet aspirational goals. This philosophy has been embodied in the Self-Directed Learning Engine, the engine behind the ATD Skill Tracker. She has a strong background in consulting, marketing, and sales, mostly in technology companies, in which training has played a chief role throughout her career. Lasse holds bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University in computer science and HR and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Lesley Roddam
Lesley Roddam

Customer Success Manager, Skill Director

Lesley Roddam is SkillDirector’s customer success manager. She has extensive experience applying technology to achieve organizational impact in various settings. She shares her passion for lifelong learning with customers by helping them maximize the value they deliver to their organization. This results in the ability for their people be great at their jobs.
Roddam holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida.


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