We understand that for your event you expect a speaker to provide relevant ideas that have been road-tested, just enough theory to prove depth, and a host of practical takeaways—all delivered by an entertaining, energizing, and challenging expert.
Steve Trautman is all this—and more.

Trautman is corporate America’s foremost knowledge transfer expert, and for more than two decades he has provided business leaders with the simplest, most relevant, and quick solutions for knowledge transfer. His pioneering work in the field is now the nationally-recognized gold standard used by blue-chip clients ranging from Microsoft to Nike, Boeing to Zygna, as well many in the public sector. As Founder and Principal of The Steve Trautman Co., today he and his team of consultants provide executives with proven frameworks and tools to assess workforce risks, internally share knowledge, motivate talent, and reduce the loss of unique knowledge and experience when employees leave or retire.

Trautman speaks internationally and gives keynotes to wide range of audiences, including those in the high tech, manufacturing, finance, retail, energy, government, and communications industries.

All Steve Trautman presentations carry his signature marks:

  • The clearest presentation of content—he takes the mystery out of knowledge transfer and high-impact talent management
  • A practical business orientation with no HR jargon and immediately-useable tools
  • Raw truth-telling—he doesn’t pull his punches
  • A catalyzing energy and wit

Our team will work with you to craft a keynote or presentation that meets your needs and your audience. Participants will leave feeling not only energized, but also more confident and equipped with solutions they can understand and start to implement immediately.


Sample Keynote Topics

Aging Workforce

Retiring Workers Can and Will Take it With Them: What is Your Plan?
also presented as
Knowledge Transfer Across Generations: Preserving Your Secret Sauce
More than 30% of your workforce is ready for retirement in the next 5 years and you don’t have a plan for dealing with it. Your current strategy is a combination of assuming that the other workers will be ready to take over, hiring some retirees back as contractors, and hoping that the next generation of workers will pick up the slack. How can you be sure these tactics will be enough to keep the wheels on the bus? Steve presents a straightforward and measurable way to tackle this challenge.

Can Wisdom be Taught? Supporting Knowledge Transfer from the Senior Manager’s Chair
Senior Managers face any number of transitions including ramping up new projects, recovering from a reorganization, assimilating employees after an acquisition, developing new products or services, and ramping up new employees. In every one of those transitions you will have people who “know” and people who “need to know.” The experts on your team have wisdom and tacit knowledge from their years of experience and you’ll rely on them to help you through these transitions and bring their peers along. This presentation delivers a specific framework to manage this process and outlines the role you can play to make it successful.

Change

In Every Change There Are People Who Know and People Who Need to Know
Whether it’s emerging from the recent recession, recovering from a reorganization, developing new products or services, or ramping up new employees, there are always people “know” and people who “need to know.” This fast-paced presentation outlines a specific framework to manage change by managing knowledge transfer within your organization.

Communication Skills

Even Grumpy Old Bastards Can Be Taught to Communicate and Teach What They Know
Many corporations have veteran employees approaching retirement with specialized knowledge critical to the job they are about to leave. This fast-paced presentation outlines a specific framework to help those most valuable, but perhaps least communicative employees break their roles down into manageable chunks, prepare to teach others in context of generational and learning styles, test to make sure they’ve been understood and then give feedback on the subsequent work. No Koosh balls, no group hugs and no pleasant banter required!

Generational Diversity

Individual titles for this topic include:

  • Kids These Days… They are the Coming Workforce. What Are You Going to Do About It?
  • Gen Y/Millennials: Why do they quit and what can you do?
  • The Generation Gap Doesn’t Have to be So Wide

Many corporations face a common problem with team demographics. They have veteran employees approaching retirement, some mid-career employees needing to shift into new roles and some recent college graduates entering the workforce for the first time. Each generation of employee approaches the work differently, making for some conflicts. This presentation presents a case study on how an executive of a major East Coast organization defined roles, clarified expectations, transferred knowledge and stabilized their service delivery – aligning the generations along the way.

Human Resources

New Employees Need More Than “Sink or Swim”
On-boarding new employees is one of the most crucial investments an organization makes in itself. Yet often new hires are simply introduced around the hallway and given a list of numbers to call “if they have any questions,” but are completely unprepared to elicit the information they might need from their peers. This presentation shows senior management how to ramp up productivity of its entire workforce using knowledge transfer techniques.

Management

How to Build A Pipeline of Leaders from Within
Where is your next generation of executives coming from? With an average of more than 30% of the workforce ready for retirement in the next 5 years, organizations will need to cultivate a pipeline of future leaders. Steve presents a straightforward and measurable way to tackle this challenge.

Organizational Skills

Everything You Know Can Be Taught to Someone Else
Whether it’s emerging from the recent recession, recovering from a reorganization, developing new products or services, or ramping up new employees, there are always people that “know” and people who “need to know.” This fast-paced presentation outlines a specific framework to manage knowledge transfer within your organization.

Recruitment/Retention

Individual titles for this topic include:

  • Gen Y/Millennials: Why do they quit and what can you do?
  • Peer Mentoring is a Path to Retention

Research indicates that employee satisfaction and retention is enhanced when people have a clear understanding of their role and path within their organization. These presentations are from a case study on how an executive of a major East Coast organization defined roles, clarified expectations, transferred knowledge and stabilized their service delivery – aligning the generations along the way.