How good are you at Goal Orientation?

Did you know that Goal Orientation is a competency that you can develop? We define the Goal Orientation competency as, "Setting, pursuing and attaining goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Goal Orientation?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Goal Orientation?

Those with a highly developed skill of Goal Orientation exhibit the following:

  • Acts instinctively to achieve objectives without supervision.
  • Expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals.
  • Recognizes and acts on opportunities to advance progress to meet goals.
  • Establishes and works toward ambitious and challenging goals.
  • Develops and implements strategies to meet objectives.
  • Measures effectiveness and performance to ensure results are attained.
  • Acts with a determination to achieve goals.
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How good are you at Flexibility?

Did you know that Flexibility is a competency that you can develop? We define the Flexibility competency as, "Readily modifying, responding and adapting to change with minimal resistance." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Flexibility?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Flexibility?

Those with a highly developed skill of Flexibility exhibit the following:

  • Responds promptly to shifts in direction, priorities and schedules.
  • Demonstrates agility in accepting new ideas, approaches and/or methods.
  • Effective in shifting priorities and tasks.
  • Modifies methods or strategies to fit changing circumstances.
  • Adapts personal style to work with different people.
  • Maintains productivity during transitions.
  • Embraces and/or champions a shift in activity.
  • Strives to adapt to situational demands.
  • Capable of changing...
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How good are you at Futuristic Thinking?

Did you know that Futuristic Thinking is a competency that you can develop? We define the Futuristic Thinking competency as, "Imagining, envisioning, projecting and/or creating what has not yet been actualized." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Futuristic Thinking?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Futuristic Thinking?

Those with a highly developed skill of Futuristic Thinking exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to connect the dots and see the big picture.
  • Looks beyond the forces driving the current reality that may have long-term effects.
  • Utilizes foresight and intuitive perception as well as factual events to draw inferences.
  • Recognizes, supports and/or champions cutting-edge ideas.
  • Anticipates future trends or events.
  • Envisions possibilities others may not.
  • Imagines and/or predicts...
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How Much is Talent Development Really Going to Cost?

How much do talent development services cost?

This, of course, is always one of the first questions a team leader has when starting the research process for talent development services.  Here at Kutsko Consulting, I'd imagine we receive these questions dozens of times a year, likely within the first couple of conversations.

But we get it.  Price matters (along with many other factors). Setting a yearly budget for talent development is wise and we are glad you asked.  It can certainly dictate what services and growth you're able to achieve in the long run.  You need to be able to develop an initial budget and plan for the ongoing costs, no matter what you decide to do about talent development, employee retention, and people engagement.

As you might imagine, though, the problem with answering this question is the fact that each team we work with has so many unique needs to consider that it can be tough to truly know the price to develop and align a...

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How good are you at Employee Development & Coaching?

Did you know that Employee Development & Coaching is a competency that you can develop? We define the Employee Development & Coaching competency as, "Facilitating, supporting and contributing to the professional growth of others." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Employee Development & Coaching?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Employee Development & Coaching?

Those with a highly developed skill of Employee Development & Coaching exhibit the following:

  • Inspires confidence in others' ability to grow professionally.
  • Identifies and facilitates developmental opportunities.
  • Encourages initiative and improvement.
  • Provides opportunities for enhancement.
  • Gives new and challenging work assignments.
  • Acknowledges and praises improvements.
  • Supports, coaches and mentors the development...
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How good are you at Diplomacy?

Did you know that Diplomacy is a competency that you can develop? We define the Diplomacy competency as, "Effectively and tactfully handling difficult or sensitive issues." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Diplomacy?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Diplomacy?

Those with a highly developed skill of Diplomacy exhibit the following:

  • Effectively utilizes tact and diplomacy in working with people across hierarchical, functional and/or cultural borders.
  • Understands cultural, climate and organizational issues.
  • Adapts conduct and communications to "politically correct" standards.
  • Effectively leverages networks of influence to enable progress.
  • Is sensitive to the needs of special interest groups within organizations.
  • Builds relationships and networks with key people of influence.
  • Provides advice,...
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How good are you at Decision Making?

Did you know that Decision Making is a competency that you can develop? We define the Decision Making competency as, "Analyzing all aspects of a situation to make consistently sound and timely decisions." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Decision Making?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Decision Making?

Those with a highly developed skill of Decision Making exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to make thorough decisions in a timely manner.
  • Gathers relevant input and develops a rationale for making decisions.
  • Evaluates the impact or consequences of decisions before making them.
  • Acts decisively once all aspects have been analyzed.
  • Focuses on timely decisions after the situations have been completely diagnosed.
  • Willing to update decisions if more information becomes available.
  • Provides a...
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How good are you at Customer Focus?

Did you know that Customer Focus is a competency that you can develop? We define the Customer Focus competency as, "Anticipating, meeting and/or exceeding customer needs, wants and expectations." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Customer Focus?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Customer Focus?

Those with a highly developed skill of Customer Focus exhibit the following:

  • Strives to anticipate, identify and understand customers' wants, needs and concerns.
  • Responds to customers with a sense of urgency.
  • Follows through on customer requests.
  • Is patient and courteous with customers.
  • Resolves issues and complaints to the satisfaction of customers.
  • Expends extraordinary effort to satisfy customers.
  • Develops relationships with customers.
  • Partners with customers to assist them in achieving their...
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How good are you at Creativity and Innovation?

Did you know that Creativity and Innovation is a competency that you can develop? We define the Creativity and Innovation competency as, "Creating new approaches, designs, processes, technologies and/or systems to achieve the desired result." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Creativity and Innovation?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Creativity and Innovation?

Those with a highly developed skill of Creativity and Innovation exhibit the following:

  • Notices unique patterns, variables, processes, systems or relationships.
  • Expresses non-traditional perspectives and/or novel approaches.
  • Synthesizes data, ideas, models, processes or systems to create new insights.
  • Challenges established theories, methods and/or protocols.
  • Encourages and promotes creativity and innovation.
  • Modifies existing concepts,...
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How good are you at Continuous Learning?

Did you know that Continuous Learning is a competency that you can develop? We define the Continuous Learning competency as, "analyzing hypothetical situations, patterns and/or abstract concepts to formulate connections and new insights." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Continuous Learning?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Continuous Learning?

Those with a highly developed skill of Continuous Learning exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Takes initiative in acquiring and mastering the skills and knowledge requirements of a position.
  • Keeps abreast of current or new information through reading and other learning methods.
  • Actively interested in new technologies, processes and methods.
  • Welcomes or seeks assignments requiring new skills and knowledge.
  • Expends...
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