Are your skills and competencies portable?

Are your skills and competencies portable?
Career Portability

Your potential performance outside of your current organization and your future potential for success can be debated if there is only evidence of success with a single organization, and hence, a single support structure and environment. How portable are your key competencies? Will you be able to replicate your success with a different support structure and in a different environment?

Portable competencies are defined as those that can be transferred into a different organization.

For example, a successful Marketing Manager at a global consumer products organization with a strong support structure, and working in a highly customer focused environment may not fully transfer his competencies and skills to a small start-up company focused on industrial markets where he would have to be a one man band and would lack the key systems and data history that would be typical for a larger consumer products company.

As you focus on your development and develop competencies, question their portability.

Portability is a key component of your market value and critical to guarantee your future.


About Alder Koten

Alder Koten helps shape organizations through a combination of research, executive search, cultural & leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services. Our recruiters and executive search consultants bring to the recruiting process an in-depth understanding of the market conditions and strategic talent issues faced by clients within their particular industry. Our leadership consultants provide advisory services that are crafted to be collaborative, responsive, pragmatic, and results oriented. Focused on expanding the capabilities of the organization through talent.

Silvia Flores serves as Managing Partner of Brakston Grey, a division of Alder Koten that focuses on high potential professionals and managers on a development path for executive positions, and is a member of the firm’s maquiladora, and supply chain & operations practices.