We all want (and need!) to build skills from time to time. However, very few of us seem to follow a process or discipline when we do so.
Building skills can be a daunting, time-consuming, and, let’s face it, downright frustrating experience.
This post is for those who would like to find out one very effective way to build skills in 5 easy steps – with a downloadable pdf to help.
Why we all need to build skills more effectively
As we saw in our previous post 10,000 hours, skill and capability building can take a very long time.
Just to get to the level of competence in any profession can take 1,000 hours of deliberate practice.
What’s more, due to the ever-changing nature of work, and ongoing impact of ‘VUCA’, the criteria for competence are changing all the time.
We constantly need to learn new things, new processes, and add new skills and knowledge. For example…
· You may be newly promoted and need to learn how to be more effective as a supervisor, functional leader or Board Director
· You may be moved to a different geography and need to learn a new language, culture or set of business regulations
· Your company may recently have adopted a new strategy which means you need to acquire a new set of skills or capabilities in order to deliver on it.
And these events and requirements are happening more and more rapidly…
How to build your skills more effectively
Because of the factors mentioned above and in 10,000 hours, here’s a process that makes rapid skill building super easy. Have a look…
Building your skills – the process
Identify the key ideas that come up over and over again, write them down, then separate your time into acquiring those skills, one by one.
During this stage be careful not to procrastinate. Drive yourself through the books one by one, and quickly. You can always go back and develop and perfect your understanding later.
What you can do now
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