Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Got Skills?

Focus: Career Plan, Professional Success, Career Management
Audio duration: 2 mins. 59 secs.

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Do you know what a skill is ???

I've come to discover that this word is confusing! For example, you read brochure about an upcoming workshop on how to be a better communicator. In the brochure it says, “ …and you learn the following skills…”

Well is that true…well not really...because a skill can only be learned WHEN IT IS PRACTICED! Back to the brochure…what is should say is…you learn ABOUT the skill of….That’s why in the newsletter I emphasize so much…put into practice what you’ve learn….take action…

So to be clear…what is a skill? Webster’s defines the word as follows…
--the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance
--dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks

--learned power of doing something competently: a developed aptitude or ability

I like the last one…doing something competently…a DEVELOPED ability..

ACTION: Access your current skills…(by the way …this is a great exercise before you construct a resume.)
I recommend having 3 categories:
Skills …I’m really good at….like to improve upon and would like to develop (meaning the skill is minimal or non-existent.

Consider the following areas to get you started:
Technical - ex: I can use an excel spreadsheet
Functional - ex: I can complete sales reports (functional is usually tied more specifically to ones job description…i.e. functions of one’s job)
Behavioral - I can make effective time management decisions

Skills Identification Worksheet to help you identify the behavioral skills…this worksheet is really cool!...BY THE WAY…

1…great for helping managers interview more effectively as well
2…great tool to integrate into performance management and/or appraisals
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