Why competency models are intellectual masturbation
Arne Van Damme

Ah! Thank God for talking sense. These competency frameworks are crafted by HR guys or M.B.A. Profs who’ve never walked a shop floor, sweated or smelt other’s sweat and believe that problems can be solved by numbering them and running surveys on them. All real managers know that people are people, different from other people, different at different times and in different situations. And that’s what makes them hugely productive, resourceful and challenging. Instead of trying to tie them down into some unreal so-called competency framework, if we tried to develop our people skills and become adept at leading in different situations, we’d be doing them and ourselves a great favor.