The Big 6?  What’s this all about?

The reality is that the marketplace offers us so many choices for leadership & management development.  How do you know which one is right, once you’ve done your due diligence? 

Perhaps the best place to start is at the beginning.  Obvious I know.  Ask youself questions like:

  • What do you expect of this person? 
  • How well and how consistently do they need to perform?
  • What does success look like?
  • What skills or competencies will drive that level of success?

The problem is that once a business owner steps past this place, it gets very complicated.  Lots of learning objectives – unfamiliar words like competencies – so many consultants – link to strategy – etc.

Competencies really are a great place to begin since they help translate business strategy to management & leadership effectiveness; yet clients always struggle with how many end up in the model.  I understand, but in the end, it’s why the best leaders are so valuable to us!

What if you not only had a short list, but what if a vendor could provide you evidence which critical competencies would drive managerial effectiveness?  What would that be worth?


This would not only be a great thing, but a powerful realization that would re-focus much of the effort internal practitioner’s need to succeed in today’s competitive organizations.


Organization Systems International, a strategic partner and consultant of Loichinger Advantage LLC, has indeed finalized their meta-analysis.  The follow competencies have been validated by research as the foundation for managerial effectiveness – regardless of market or organizational size:


·         Relationship-Building

·         Active & Informal Communications

·         Personal Drive & Energy

·         Influencing Others

·         Organizing & Planning

·         Problem-Solving & Decision-Making


Using the Polaris® Core Competency Model, or The Career Compass®, Organizational Systems International has assessed thousands of high-performing leaders at over sixty organizations.  In addtion, the Big 6 provides us focus for our development efforts.


Are you developing managers in these critical skill in your organization?  What does development in these intangible areas look like?  Where can I get objective advice?  Stay tuned for more information.  If you would like a copy of the report summary, simply ask.