Building Success Profiles

The Second Step in the Succession Planning Process

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Job descriptions are fundamental to defining roles within an organization, but they often fall short in capturing the evolving nature of work. In a rapidly changing business environment, it’s essential to have a dynamic understanding of what each role entails, not only in the present, but also for the future. Traditional job descriptions fall short in this regard. They provide a static view, which can be limiting for organizations where adaptability and continuous skill development are key to success.

SIGMA Success Profiles™ are more than traditional job descriptions. They provide a detailed overview of the competencies, skills, and experiences necessary for a role, both now and in the future. These profiles encapsulate the very essence of a role and can be foundational tools for succession planning and talent development.

The Benefits of Building SIGMA Success Profiles

Creating SIGMA Success Profiles involves envisioning a roadmap for the future while efficiently addressing present organizational needs. Consider the organizational benefits that SIGMA Success Profiles provide:

  • Future-proofing. SIGMA Success Profiles elevate an organization’s ability to evolve. By looking beyond the present and incorporating future needs, organizations can proactively prepare for impending challenges and transitions.
  • Enhanced talent development. A clear SIGMA Success Profile paves the way for targeted and impactful training. Organizations can ensure that their resources are spent efficiently and are aligned with specific development needs.
  • Clear recruitment and succession. SIGMA Success Profiles serve as an anchor for candidate evaluation, streamlining the recruitment process and ensuring that the best talent is selected to fill designated roles.
  • Alignment with organizational values. A well-crafted SIGMA Success Profile takes organizational values into account, ensuring every role is in line with the organization’s overarching mission, vision, and objectives.
  • Role transparency. Many organizations operate with outdated job descriptions or lack them altogether. SIGMA Success Profiles offer a comprehensive understanding of roles, meeting this critical need for clarity and transparency.
  • Bias prevention. SIGMA Success Profiles are developed using input from multiple stakeholders. While the incumbent provides the bulk of the insights, colleagues also contribute, offering a broader view of the role’s requirements. This multifaceted approach reduces personal biases and contributes to a well-rounded understanding of the role.
  • Enhanced collaboration. Understanding competencies required for a role, even from those in different departments or projects, fosters collaboration. Recognizing the competencies that others depend on for their roles promotes interdepartmental synergy and cohesion. In essence, SIGMA Success Profiles not only provide clarity and direction for individual roles but also foster a culture of collaboration and forward-thinking within organizations.

Why Work With Us?

The process of crafting SIGMA Success Profiles requires depth, foresight, and nuanced understanding. At SIGMA, we are more than just consultants; we are partners on the journey towards organizational excellence. Our rigorous and tailored approach ensures each profile is aligned with your organization’s culture and is primed for integration into your HR and talent management processes.

Attempting to develop SIGMA Success Profiles without an effective roadmap — or foregoing the process entirely — can lead to a host of challenges. SIGMA can guide you in overcoming these challenges and prepare your organization for sustainable future success. We will help you:

  • Develop talent intentionally. Without an effective SIGMA Success Profile, organizations risk directing their valuable time and resources toward developing a candidate in ways that don’t truly align with the demands of the role. This can result in wasted effort and missed opportunities. SIGMA’s consultants focus on aligning development strategies with the actual demands of the role, ensuring that your resources are optimally utilized.
  • Be objective. The absence of a well-defined SIGMA Success Profile can introduce subjective biases into the development process. Instead of an intentional, competency-driven approach, decisions may be based on individual perspectives, leading to unequal opportunities and potential overlook of valuable talents. SIGMA consultants provide a structured and unbiased framework, emphasizing competencies over personal biases, ensuring fairness and clarity in the development process.
  • Anticipate future needs. SIGMA Success Profiles are not just about the present; they are equally about preparing for the future. Without this foresight, an organization may develop leaders based on today’s needs, neglecting the evolving competencies that will become crucial tomorrow. As roles evolve, the skills required can change. Throughout the process, SIGMA consultants emphasize the importance of forward-thinking preparation to ensure that individuals are ready for these changes.
  • Set clear boundaries. Succession planning must differentiate between the unique attributes of an individual and the essential competencies of a role. Without clear SIGMA Success Profiles, this distinction becomes murky. While incumbents might perform adequately, it’s crucial to identify the core competencies that ensure success in a role, regardless of the individual. SIGMA consultants identify the difference between individual traits and role-specific competencies, offering a clear roadmap for development that transcends individual variances.
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders. Our engagement with stakeholders, from role incumbents to leadership, ensures the resulting SIGMA Success Profiles are not just theoretical constructs, but resonate deeply with those who use them.

The SIGMA Advantage

Creating Success Profiles with SIGMA is a decision to align your organization with expertise, experience, and excellence. With SIGMA’s Success Profile development service, you won’t just develop SIGMA Success Profiles, you’ll be improving your organizational processes. With resources such as our specialized SIGMA Success Profile™ template and other in-depth tools and templates, we empower your team at every stage. The benefits of working with SIGMA to help your team create Success Profiles include:

Data-Driven Methodology

Our tools, templates, and exercises don’t just standardize the process; they bring precision and clarity, underpinned by data.

Employee Engagement

Expertise and Experience

Utilize our team’s deep expertise in succession planning, honed by years of working across diverse industries and organizational structures.

Cultural Leaders

Customized Approach

No two organizations are the same. Our solutions are tailored to fit the unique needs, culture, and strategic objectives of each client.

Meet the Team


Erica Sutherland, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant & Executive Coach

Erica completed her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational psychology at Western University. She is a Senior Consultant at SIGMA, where she delivers consulting services and Succession Planning solutions to clients. As a member of SIGMA’s executive coaching team, Erica works one-on-one with leaders to develop talent. She also brings her expertise in measurement and psychometrics to the R&D team, assisting with the development and validation of SIGMA’s many assessments.


Brittney Anderson, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant & Executive Coach

Brittney is a member of our coaching and consulting team. She brings her expertise in evidence-based practice to provide companies with leadership solutions that meet their needs. Primarily, Brittney helps her clients prepare for their future with succession planning and comprehensive leadership development programs. As an executive coach, she helps leaders hone their skills using a process-based approach to development.

Arieana Thompson, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Arieana is a senior leadership consultant. She believes in positively transforming the modern-day workplace through thought-provoking, evidence-based insights. Arieana is a subject matter expert in executive leadership, succession management, wellness cultures, and employee growth. In her work at SIGMA, she supports executive teams with succession planning and leadership development and assessment.


Glen Harrison is an organizational transformation consultant and succession planning expert. Over the course of his career, Glen has worked with one-third of the Fortune 500 list and with every level of government in Canada and the United States. Having worked with numerous clients to build robust succession plans from the ground up, Glen has extensive experience in the application of SIGMA’s products and services to help organizations realize their people potential.

If you’re not ready to create SIGMA Success Profiles yet, SIGMA offers an array of resources and webinars that can help you prepare before you embark on the journey. These resources also provide a glimpse into our expertise and approach: