The four levels of a Business Transformator?

In our previous post we’ve discussed that a Business Transformator is an individual who helps organisations implement their Target Operating Model (TOM) and transform their business.

Like any profession, there are levels of competency. The same applies to to Business Transformation and the Business Transformator.

Here’s the following:

  • Level 1: Novice
  • Level 2: Apprentice
  • Level 3: Journey-Man
  • Level 4: Master

The levels are similar to the building or construction trade and for good reason.

Building a Business architecture is pretty much the same as creating a building.

The output will depend on your level of skill, knowledge and experience.

Want to learn more about the four levels? The table below explains each in-depth:

  Novice Apprentice Journeyman Master
Summary The new kid on the block, very keen and eager. A person who is learning their trade through practical experience from a skilled employer. A skilled worker who has successfully completed an official apprenticeship qualification. Often considered competent and authorised to work as a qualified employee. A person notably proficient in the art of ‘building’ and qualified or licensed to supervise building construction.
Pros Makes choices based on the rules and adheres to the framework almost religiously. All aspects of work are treated separately with equal importance. Possesses a growing perception of actions in relation to goals. Able to provide a holistic view of the situation which illuminates problems, considers consequences and reuses templates or examples where appropriate. Illuminates problems, transcends reliance on rules and guidelines, adapts solutions to new situations and has a vision of both how and what is possible.
Weakness Has limited understanding of adaptability, customisation or appreciation of the interaction between the overall parts of the Business Architecture. Limited situational perception from lack of practical experience. Takes more time to complete a task than a more experienced member of the team. Grows situational perception based on ongoing experience. Becomes faster at execution through effective planning and routines. Limited. Always seeks to better understand  concerns issues. Anticipates events, and offer suggestions for improvement.
What to watch out for Fails to ask the right question to get the right answer. Interprets requirements at face value and occasionally asks questions to check for understanding. Constantly and pragmatically questions the status quo of ‘this is how we always do it’  

Which level are you? Let us know in the comments!

Thank you for reading this!


Heath Gascoigne

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