Stellar Teams Launches Competency Model Research for Technology Leadership through Colorado State University

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Proprietary models will address broader role of technology professionals as strategic leaders and key company influencers.

“There has been a fundamental gap in past years in how corporations develop their technology leaders and teams." Bob Schwieterman, President & Co-Founder, Stellar Teams

Stellar Teams, a Denver-based corporation providing professional development services for technology professionals, is partnering with researchers in Colorado State University’s Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology to create competency models for developing the leadership capabilities of technology professionals and teams. These cutting-edge competency models will allow Stellar Teams to provide validated and reliable assessments, workshops, and performance improvement tools to the technology community so that its leaders and teams can more effectively perform leadership roles in their resident companies.

“There has been a fundamental gap in recent years in how corporations develop their technology leaders and teams,” according to Bob Schwieterman, President and a co-founder of Stellar Teams. “It focused mostly on delivering the technology solutions the business requested without engaging as an equal business partner and business leader. The problem with this approach is that it has led to wide-scale outsourcing of the technology function over the past 15 years, effectively draining companies of their future technology leaders.”

Through its client work, Stellar Teams discovered the most important skills that many technology leaders lack include understanding and setting strategic direction, and influencing key stakeholders in the business to support and advocate their strategic plans.

The initial phase of the research work was completed in early 2015 and establishes a proprietary competency model addressing critical, must-have skills for technology leaders. By completing this first phase, Stellar Teams is now able to construct assessments, including 360 surveys that are specific to each level of technology leadership, while establishing valid benchmarks for performance.

“This project allows us to clearly understand the skills that technology leaders must demonstrate on a daily basis to be viewed as managing the business of technology for the company rather than just being the manager of the technology function,” said Allan McLaughlin, a former CTO and business unit leader at global publisher LexisNexis, and a co-founder of Stellar Teams. “This is definitely a reframing of one’s perspective on the role a technology leader must play in today’s business environment.”

According to Alyssa Gibbons, Assistant Professor, who heads up the Colorado State team conducting the analysis and model development for Stellar Teams, “With the completed model being applied to the assessment work that Stellar Teams does for its clients, cutting-edge research can be conducted to better understand how factors such as culture, gender, and personality impact the ability of technology leaders to influence across the business.”

About Stellar Teams

Stellar Teams ( is a recognized leader in helping technology teams deliver great results for the business. Stellar Teams’ expert staff and valued partners seamlessly provide off-the-shelf and customized skill-building workshops, assessments, coaching, and process facilitation for technology leaders and teams.

A diverse group of well-known companies have attended Stellar Teams’ workshops including, Chesapeake Energy, Choice Hotels, Cintas, First Solar, Great American Insurance, Kroger, LexisNexis, Luxottica, McAfee, Premier Health, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, and United Launch Alliance. The workshops are unique because:

  • They are exclusive to leaders in the field of technology, exposing participants to the brightest minds from other great companies, and helping each one gain a better perspective on how to deal with business and people leadership challenges.
  • They are interactive and engaging, with lots of experiential simulations, coaching, and feedback, all specific to technology leaders and teams.

Stellar Teams is a dba of Vimway Human Capital Mgmt. Corp., a corporation registered and headquartered in the State of Colorado, USA.

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