April 25, 2020

Skills to Succeed

The current world (Spring 2020) has forced many changes and brought many future problems into focus now, sooner than anticipated. This requires new skills and traits to effectively work in an uncertain world.

In this post, I am summarizing 8 Job Skills to Succeed in a Post-Coronavirus World in Forbes Online.

  1. Adaptability and Flexibility: ability to continually update and refresh skills for a changing world
  2. Tech Savvyness: use technology to be resilient towards future chaos and disruptions
  3. Creativity and Innovation: come up with new ways to deliver services or quickly shift to new products
  4. Data Literacy: understand data to predict impacts, trends, risks, and formulate proactive responses
  5. Critical Thinking: objectively evaluate information to determine what is credible and useful
  6. Digital and Coding Skills: keep the business running, efficient, or even thriving when “normal” operations are not possible due to disasters or economic downturns
  7. Leadership: ability to bring out the best and inspire teams as well as encourage collaboration
  8. Emotional Intelligence: ability to be aware of, express, and control our emotions and be aware of others’ emotions

The article does a good job describing each of these skills or traits. My one bit of commentary is that most if not all eight of these skills or traits have been known to be important during many of our careers, if not also during our education. But we’ve done a good job emphasizing some (eg. technology, innovation, coding, etc.) while a poor job supporting skill-gains in others (eg. leadership, emotional intelligence, adaptability and flexibility). And with the important caveat, noted in the article, that skill demands will change, but trait demands will stay the same or perhaps increase, it’d be an interesting exercise exploring why some on this list have been emphasized and perhaps even achieved broadly, in comparison to others.

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