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Steve Trautman

Steve Trautman

Principal and Founder - The Steve Trautman Co.


Steve Trautman has more than twenty years’ experience as a leading international expert in talent risk management and knowledge transfer. A pioneer in the field, Steve has created the only proven methodology for assessing, aligning and mitigating talent risk for technical teams within Fortune 500 companies. His clients have included: Boeing, Costco, Goodyear, Aetna, Farmers Life Insurance, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, among others.  

Steve is also the author of several books: Teach What You Know: A Practical Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Transfer Using Peer Mentoring (Prentice Hall, 2006), Do You Have Who It Takes? Managing Talent Risk in a High-Stakes Technical Work Force (Greenleaf, 2017) and co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management: Powerful Tools for Leveraging a Changing Workforce (McGraw-Hill, 2011). 

Steve is a frequent speaker and panelist and has presented for such conferences as Qualcomm, 

American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Management, Utilities Service Alliance, and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, among others.  

By implementing Trautman’s proprietary processes, C-suite executives from blue-chip companies around the globe have dramatically increased their speed and efficiency in revenue, market share and strategy execution. In addition, Steve’s finely-honed methods have been proven to bring new employees up to speed in 1/2 the normal time.  

Prior to founding The Steve Trautman Co., Steve worked in leadership roles for Microsoft and Expedia, where he honed his knowledge transfer methods and skills. Today, Steve brings his experience to and focuses his expertise on solving the most critical talent management and workforce problems executives are facing, including:  

  • Major initiatives slowed because of over-reliance on some workers
  • Global consistency and role clarity problems
  • Reorganization with a focus on speed to new roles and responsibilities 
  • Aging or retiring workforce- cross-generational knowledge transfer
  • New employee onboarding
  • New technology, system, or process rollout
  • Mergers and acquisitions – blending the families and getting back to work faster
  • Outsource partner management

When he is not working to change how executives think about talent risk management and knowledge transfer, Steve can be found hiking around the Northwest with his wife and two kids.