Future-Proof Your Work Skills
By Nancy Zwiers
Are you ready for the future? McKinsey released a report this past year entitled “Defining the Skills Citizens will Need in the Future World of Work.” Based on a research project spanning 18,000 respondents across 15 countries, this fascinating report on the skills you'll need most going forward is a treasure trove of perspective on professional growth. I use it in my executive coaching practice to help clients identify strengths they want to fully leverage and potential weaknesses they want to mitigate through structures, processes, and people.
The report defines four major domains of “distinct elements of talent” with 13 subgroups:
Within each of these domains and 13 subgroups, and McKinsey goes deeper still to outline the 56 elements of “talent.”
Below, I summarize several conclusions on which of the 56 talents correlate with important measures of success and later include the definition for each talent cited:
Adaptability - The ability to be open to changing the way of doing things even if it requires effort or learning new skills.
Coping with uncertainty - The ability to operate effectively in situations with high uncertainty or when things do not go according to plan.
Synthesizing messages - The ability to communicate a large amount of information concisely and insightfully.
Achievement orientation - The ability to distinguish ends and means and change the strategy to achieve goals.
Work-plan development - The ability to identify, group, and sequence the tasks needed to achieve a certain goal and to assign deadlines and responsibilities.
Organizational awareness - The ability to understand how large groups of people can cooperate and coordinate and the ability to navigate organizational procedures.
Self-confidence - The quality of trusting in one’s abilities, personal characteristics, and judgments.
Self-motivation and wellness - The ability to maintain high motivation and energy by knowing and pursuing personal long-term goals as well as restorative activities.
It is illuminating to read the definitions of all 56 talents and assess how you--or those you are trying to develop--fare in meeting proficiency definitions. To that end, I am happy to share the full report with you—just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (“McKinsey” in subject line) and I will send you the report. It is a great framework to inform performance assessment and professional development.
Nancy Zwiers, a former C-suite Executive with 30+ years of toy industry experience, advises on strategic business-building and provides executive coaching through CMO Coaches. http://linkedin.com/in/nancy-zwiers-3167a
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