In today's work environment, we need a completely different way to describe skills. Once you see this simple approach, you'll never look at your skills—or the skills of your team—the same way.
- So we tend to use the word skill in a variety of ways.…Some people use it as the label for a trade,…like doctor or carpenter.…Other think of it as a set of capabilities,…like building a house or fixing a car,…and still others think of it as a specific activity,…like analyzing or synthesizing information.…Research on how to categorize skills goes back…to the mid 1950s from work done by a man named Sidney Fine…who I first met in my late teens…and thought of, kind of, as an uncle.…Sidney broke skills down into three main categories,…knowledges, transferable skills and self-management skills.…
Knowledges are those bodies of information…that are rooted in a particular area.…A knowledge of brain surgery probably isn't…very useful outside the operating room,…so it's anchored in that specific field.…Transferable skills are your abilities…that can be used in a range of situations.…Managing teams effectively is a skill…that can be used in a wide variety of work environments.…Transferable skills are usually gerunds,…words ending in I-N-G.…
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- Dealing with disruptive change and the new rules of work
- Establishing a new contract with workers
- Rethinking job qualifications
- Hiring for diversity and inclusion
- Identifying key skills for adaptive workers
- Helping your team become lifelong learners
- Leveraging automation for your team
- Becoming an adaptive manager
- Making human resources a partner
- Recognizing when your adaptive strategy is working