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There are other online and high-tech applications for SP&M. For instance, you

can use software to prepare replacement charts. Best known, and perhaps

least expensive, for doing that is probably OrgPlus (found at the time this book

goes to press at www.gneil.com/item.html?s-5041&i-601&pos-6&sessionid-S9

nac7q435).

Software can also be purchased to facilitate preparation of forms for succession

planning (such as Formtool, described at www.cdromshop.com/

cdshop/desc/p.730526347135.html) or online training support to build competencies.

Many so-called e-learning sites exist on the Web, and they can be

tied to the competencies that individuals need to build to qualify for advancement

opportunities.

What Specialized Competencies Do Succession Planning

and Management Coordinators Need to Use These

Applications?

The specialized competencies required by SP&M program coordinators to use

online and high-tech applications in their programs will, of course, vary by the

medium or media that they use and their applications. It is not advisable to try

to be all things to all people, so it is best to target specific applications of

potential value to the organization and spend only the time necessary to master

those.

Succession planning and management coordinators can apply online and

high-tech methods in essentially three ways. First, they can try to learn it on

their own. The competency requirements to do that can be the most daunting.

It means mastery of the subject matter—such as, for instance, performance

appraisal—and the technical issues associated with the application. As a simple

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example, putting the company’s performance appraisal system on the Web

might mean that technical knowledge is required of HTML and JAVA languages.

Likewise, preparing Web-based training may require knowledge of the subject

matter, instructional design, and the programming languages necessary to

place it on the Web.

Second, contractual assistance could be hired to provide help with all or

part of the project. That would permit the SP&M coordinator to concentrate

on the subject matter and on managing the project. Hence, necessary competencies

would focus around the subject area and project management. Technical

issues would be handled by a contractor.

Third, the SP&M coordinator could create a team whose members collectively

possess the competencies necessary to perform the work. In this case,

the coordinator would at least require subject matter competence, project

management competence, and facilitation competence to help team members

work together. The coordinator may be able to choose team members from

within the organization who possess the requisite technical knowledge of the

media or medium.

Some competencies are shared no matter which of the three approaches

is chosen. First, patience is an essential competency to work with any online

or high-tech application. (It is never as easy as it appears to be.) Second,

knowledge of the organization’s corporate culture and politics is also important.

The SP&M coordinator must understand how decisions are made in the

organization and be able to work through that process to achieve the desired

results. Third and finally, the SP&M coordinator must be able to excite enthusiasm

among other people for the project. Without these competencies, it will

be difficult to make any application successful.