Competency models out, suitability models in

In the Hot Seat: Susan Schmitt from Applied Materials on using suitability models in succession planning

Competency models are at the core of HR practice from the talent development standpoint. However, companies are increasingly finding them irrelevant or even confusing as succession planning puts more emphasis on specific things that make a person suitable or unsuitable for a position.

Joining Andy Storch today is Susan Schmitt, the CHRO of Applied Materials, who discusses what she calls the “suitability model.” The suitability model is comprised of 4 broad categories that can be used to effectively assess a person’s potential for a position or their performance in a current position.

Susan also talks about her book with co-author Martha Finney scheduled for release in May.

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