The Torch Solutions Group Vision

Employees and and employers have a shared recognition of the real value an employee brings, and use that recognition to reward the employee and reap the benefits of an agile workforce.

About Torch Solutions Group

Kent Nuttall, Founder - The Real Value I Bring

For years I have worked in a career in which I felt underappreciated. Our industry magazines constantly urged us to "get a seat at the table." In a downturn, we were the prime target for layoffs.


And it wasn't just my industry, sometimes it was personal. On one occasion, I was told that I was the catalyst for our team, then received a performance review of "meets expectations."


I'm not alone in my struggle to have my real value seen. That's why I created Torch Solutions Group and and the Meaningful Competence™  approach. In our programs, you receive the benefit of over 30 years in Talent Development implementing the science of Human Performance Improvement, a science that includes many fields of individual and organizational research.


I invite you to learn the unique framework and processes of Meaningful Competence and make your value visible.

Kent Nuttall presenting the topic of Lean Talent Development at a conference.

Kent Nuttall presenting the topic of Lean Talent Development at a conference.

Sources of Insight

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Thomas F. Gilbert

The quote above came from Gilbert. He is known as the father of Human Performance Improvement. His book, Human Competence, has been a source of strategies and techniques as they deal with complex industry performance issues. Gilbert focused on improving individual performance, demonstrating that as individual performance improved, improvements would be made to the entire system.

Joe Harless

Harless provided answers early in my instructional  career. I would get requests to develop training courses that didn't seem to fit the problem as I saw it. His book,  An Ounce of Analysis, represents the message he consistently pushed: spend the time and effort making sure you know the human performance issues in context with other issues before thinking of solutions. At a conference, he shared the thought that we would learn more about what produced value by watching the more competent people than we could ever get from a room of subject-matter experts.

R. Brent Powell

Powell might be surprised to find his name on my list. I hope not. We had tremendous discussions on human performance improvement. From him I learned to better practice the patience required to get to the best solutions. Much of the Meaningful Competence approach reflects the content of those discussions. I appreciated most his focus on not just solving a problem, but providing increased value for the organization. 

Carl Binder

Binder is a leader in the behavioral science community. His interests took him into the world of corporations, creating the Performance Thinking Network to build and support a pool of  human performance improvement practitioners. His receipt of the Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award (see Thomas Gilbert above) sums up his great contributions to the field of Human Performance Improvement.

Rick Straker

Straker had to deal with me during the early development of Meaningful Competence. His theoretical knowledge of Human Performance Improvement made him a great counterpart for discussions addressing my concerns with the field and its application for the individual. Through those discussions I recognized how to make human performance improvement practical for the individual employee, allowing each employee to be their own performance consultants to know their value and know how to increase their value.

And a Host of Others

I give thanks and apologies to the host of others. I thank them for their patience while I spent hours trying out ideas on them. Hence the reason for apologies; I may have asked more time and endurance than they felt they had for this topic and my endless exploration.