Human Capital Analytics Lessons from the Silver Medal at Nordic Combined

Yesterday, Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong won the silver medal in a sport that I don’t particularly follow: the Nordic Combined.   It’s not particularly remarkable that America won a medal in a less popular sport (at least for this post), but what caught my eye was an article the WSJ published a few weeks ago about HOW America grew a capability they did not possess into a top performing organization through measurement, analysis, and management changes.

The original architect of the Nordic Cross is Tom Steitz, now at 3 Peaks Leadership as a management consultant, bringing the same type of leadership messages to corporate life that he did to the US Ski Team and then to Nordic Cross.

Some takeaway messages:

  • Painstakingly measure the factors that make a difference in individual performance.  That includes coaches.  (How many of us forget that part…)
  • Invest in talent development, but also measure progress. If your investment isn’t turning out, recognize it sooner rather than later.
  • After synthesizing the information, act on it.

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Jeremy Shapiro is an executive in HR at a leading financial services firm, working on talent analytics. Formerly a Senior Vice President of the Hodes iQ Talent Management Suite at Bernard Hodes Group and is a co-author of the HR metrics book Ultimate Performance. Jeremy has coached hundreds of companies in recruiting and HR technology solutions across industries and sizes. Jeremy is a frequent speaker and author on HR technology topics and HR Business Intelligence topics, such as SHRM, IHRIM, the Human Capital Institute, and more. He is a frequent contributor to articles and whitepapers on HR Business Intelligence. Jeremy holds a Masters of Science in Information Systems from NYU and a B.A in Economics from Rutgers University. Specific topics of research include HR metrics, talent management technology, and next generation recruiting technologies.

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One comment on “Human Capital Analytics Lessons from the Silver Medal at Nordic Combined
  1. michael says:

    For a ski team, everyone looks good and succeeds when the team does well.

    It’s good if management can imitate the ski team model. However, in a company, there are often jealousies and efforts by management to undercut or understate the performance of their employees if it’s felt it makes them look better. Also, there is not always the same incentive to learn from their mistakes in management–as managers with a corner office may feel they already learned everything they need to learn.

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