Here’s my short list –
- Collaborate effectively (synchronously and asynchronously): shared online docs and blended collaboration (online and in person) drive the work we do
- Self-directed learning: If you need it, you learn it. It’s that simple. How you learn it is up to you.
- Communication skills: Write well, speak with knowledge and confidence, listen aggressively (or go home).
- Interpersonal skills: work and play well with others.
- Problem-solving skills: what do you do when you don’t know what to do? Figure it out. Don’t do it alone. Ask for help. Seek expertise. Be thankful.
- Reflect: if you’re doing something new for the first time, guess what? You’re going to make mistakes. Own them. Learn from them. Make more mistakes, preferably not the same ones.
- Uncomfortable is the new vibe: if you’re feeling comfortable, you’re probably not learning. If you’re not learning, you’re facing extinction.
- 80% and go: lose the desire to be perfect. If you can get to perfect the first time, you’re probably not dreaming big enough. Give it 80%, get it out there, and get ready for feedback. It’s coming. It’s okay. Use it. Learn from it. That’s how you’ll get to 100%.
- Push your perspective: Travel. Eat dinner in public alone, without a book, without a phone, without a prop. Take on the challenge you don’t think you can accomplish. You’ll start to learn where your edges are, where the fear kicks in. Relish it.
- Worry less about being liked: Care. Show respect. Don’t live in the “I wanna be liked” zone. It’s hard to grow there.
- Do: thinking is wonderful. I’m a big fan. Doing is equally wonderful. Do more. You’ll learn more.
- Practice empathy: assume the best in others. Practice patience. Work to understand. Recognize that you never know people’s stories. Try hard not to judge.
What I like about these skills is that they’re hard to master. I think the best skills are.