Strategy Capabilities Consultant

  • Knucklehead Strategist LLC
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Aug 15, 2022
Full time Consultant

Job Description

Strategic Capabilities Consultant with Knucklehead Strategist LLC

Knucklehead Strategist works with business leaders at the intersection of strategy development and talent discovery. 

In sports, as in business, an inordinately small number of teams win an inordinately large number of championships — the equivalent of dominate market share.  Over 20 years of research have shown us that the difference between those who triumph and those who scramble for what’s left over lies in how they align talent capabilities with business philosophy and strategy.

We're looking for contrarian spirited talent, with a shared entrepreneurial passion and strategic vision to push a startup over the top. Needed are sports enthusiast, comfortable wearing many start-up hats, solving lots of challenging problems.  Specific skills include deep into analytics and software, a love for marketing, and an unrelenting drive to make a great idea a reality. Product factsheet attached.

Join our team that is focused on strengthening the talent evaluation decision making abilities of our clients. Smarter talent decisions, fewer missed opportunities!

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Using SmartScoutr
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Did you know 80% of corporations “miss the mark” evaluating talent for critical positions? A per-person opportunity cost of $500K to $2.5 M You would not have that problem if you used SmartScoutr.

SmartScoutr reduces the risk of the wrong talent in key positions ... or the cost key talent in underutilized positions ... or loss of prospective key talent to competitors ... or failing to become a talent destination.

Conventional succession management methods of building bench strength, for all leadership levels and key contributor positions, are perfunctory at best. Succession planners have a blind spot, what the ancient Greek writers would say, Hamartia ... they miss the mark.” They fail to see talent evaluation as the Achilles’ heel, the fatal flaw of leadership succession.

Our software-enabled talent-discovery methodology is designed to track, measure, and predict the performance of the leadership succession process ... by infusing talent evaluation with more sense-making, less meaningless data. As championship sports teams deploy these practices, this approach provides leaders with hard and soft analytical tools to optimize the scouting process and the framework that most effectively deploy the right talent for critical positions. Championship sports teams invest in and rely on seasoned talent evaluators and analytical assessment to shape how they approach talent acquisition and roster composition—why shouldn’t the same be true in business succession management?

SmartScoutr shifts the focus from player to scout where the leader-as-scout becomes a Key Performance Indicator (KPI). It’s all about discovering and developing talent evaluation abilities of leaders to reduce mistakes in critical staffing decisions.

Our data-driven work is built on the CHAMPS FrameworkTM -- 20 plus years original research into the player development systems of championship sports teams. It reveals the need to place great emphasis on tracking, measuring, and developing talent evaluators. Talent evaluators come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from C-level executives to frontline managers to key individual contributors. Our investigation identified 5 Key Success Factors (KSFs), simple yet elegant that translate readily into a business context. The CHAMPS FrameworkTM -- is a touchpoint data-driven platform.

SmartScoutr utilizes the CHAMPS platform to place talent evaluation as the focus for reducing the risk in succession planning.
Our methodology uses the customer experience (CX) model by gathering ethnographic insights from a natural continuous scouting process by

leader-as-scout to collect, analyze, and interpret thick and thin data using probabilistic logic.

SmartScoutr deliverables ...
o Gap analysis using a validated 60-question web based survey to identify gaps in current discovery and development process o CHAMPS “touch point” framework to track the manager-as-scout customer journey.
o Touch points, above and below the conscious level of awareness via ethnographic methods.
o Guided sensemaking to tease out insights most relevant to scout and scouting process success.
o Observable metrics from touch point analysis collected into a data set for software development.
o Coaching managers on scouting skills to make informed staffing decisions ... smarter picks, fewer missed opportunities.

CLIENTS OF THE CHAMPS FRAMEWORKTM -- Include Nike, American Airlines, Motorola, Applied Materials, DST Output, Cooper Labs and others.

SmartScoutr turbocharges conventional succession management by smarter targeting of talent for gamebreaker positions -- reducing the risk and cost of missed opportunities.


Target All Scouting Activity To Team’s Strategy

Picture Player Types Using a Common Language

Go Beyond Measurables To Determine Player Potential

Use The Player’s Potential To Make Smart Picks

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Date posted

Aug 15, 2022