This article on the Neuroscience of Self-Directed Learning describes why we build competency models the way we do - the science behind it. The idea is that you reverse engineer your best performers, so you can sort of, well, clone them. They pursue the purpose, which is the corporate strategy… translated into what the organization needs them to do in their role.
During our Rapid JTA Workshop, once we identify the skills that should part of the model, we ask top performers the important question, "what did you do to learn how to do this?" to identify their most valuable learning experiences. Once they are captured, our customers have the recipe to create similar experiences so non-top performers can try them.