Monday, July 27, 2009

The 12 Skills You Should Practice

Josh Kaufman (Personal MBA) and Lloyd Morgan (lonegunman) suggest that there are twelve core skills "that we should strive to become very good at (Top 25%)" to succeed.

  • Information-Assimilation
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Decision-Making
  • Rapport
  • Conflict-Resolution
  • Scenario-Generation
  • Planning
  • Self-Awareness
  • Interrelation
  • Skill Acquisition
I like the "Top 25%" concept, but I wonder if being in the top quartile of the general population is enough. To succeed, you've got to be in the top of the selected sample, wherever sample you may find yourself in. (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.) Also, its unclear whether these particular skills line up well on either a theoretical or practical basis.

There seem to be four clusters here:
  • Communicate Well
  • Play Well with Others
  • Keep Learning
  • Plan for the Future

Maybe that's more useful advice? I don't know.

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