There are a lot of skills you don’t need. You can be happy and successful without knowing how to rebuild a car’s engine, program a web application, or replace drywall. Sure, these are useful skills to have, but they aren’t absolutely necessary.
There are other skills, however, that can’t be avoided – skills that tie into various aspects of everyday life, that are not only useful, but totally indispensable. For instance, you can’t get far in today’s world without being able to read or write. And today the ability use a computer proficiently is simply assumed.
Here is a list of top 10 must haves if you wish to sail through life smoothly.
- Complex Problem Solving – Everyday, you have problems to solve at work. Develop your problem solving skills, so you can show that you’re a leader.
- Critical Thinking – This is a skill that you use in every area of your life. Hone your critical thinking skills, so that you make better decisions.
- Creativity – Hone your creativity skills by experimenting with different models. Why? You will solve problems more creativity, and make better decisions.
- People Management – Learn people management skills so that you can help to develop those around you.
- Coordinating with Others – Collaboration skills are more important today as more people work in groups. Learn how to work more effectively with others.
- Emotional Intelligence – Emotional intelligence is more important than many technical skills. Learn the traits of emotionally intelligent people.
- Judgement & Decision Making – Decision making has always been an important skills. These days with so much information, how can you make better judgements.
- Service Orientation – These days many products are comparable, because that’a what customer’s demand. Service orientation may be the thing that gives you the edge.
- Negotiation – You have to negotiate every day, personally and professionally. Hone your negotiation skills.
- Cognitive Flexibility – How quickly are you able to switch from one task to the next. Hone your cognitive flexibility skills.
Whether you want to be a CEO some day or just great at your current job, self-improvement is for everyone. Look at working on these skills as a journey with endless possibilities for growth and insight, not a destination or a box to check so you can move on to the next one. Focusing on them throughout your career will get you ready to move up and keep you working at the top of your game in your current role.
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