The process of defining skill sets starts out with an assumption — that you want to create the map that allows you to create your future.
Phase 1: Mapping Your Future
The method of skill mapping is built on the metaphor of the journey. And if fact, individuals can go on many types of journeys such as a Journey of Discovery, a Divine Journey, or more commonly the Treasure Hunt.
You really cannot follow someone else’s journey, you must create your own map.
The first phase skill set definition consists of defining these six steps:
1. Visualize Your Current and Future Roles
2. Continuously Scanning the Environment
3. Determining Threats and Opportunities
4. Assess Your Core Competencies, and
5. Decide on Strengths and Weaknesses
6. Taking Action
Phase 2: Routing
The map has given you the layout and you now know your destination; but there are many paths to get there. Sometimes the path is not clear, sometimes multiple paths can take you there.
Imagination does not end in mapping, it is also important in routing. For you must know what actions to take at the right time.
“Always, always plan your route.” ― Rick Riordan
Skill Mapping is the first phase. Now you have a destination. But it’s now time to plan your route. In this phase, you will develop a set of priorities and come up with a development plan. This is a whole new skill-set many lack.
From a practical standpoint of making a living, you must continuously build application skills. Application skills can be physical or mental, the point is they can be used in the real word. For example, many know geometry and algebra, but few, very few, use it in their jobs.
Phase III: Take Action: Always Grow Skill Sets
One needs to take action to get from where you are to where you want to be. This is commonly described as execution, or getting tactical.
But there is another aspect of this, one many neglect. You must also important abilities such leadership skills and know the skill of learning skills.
The right mix of skill sets prevents you from getting fired or improves your likelihood of success. An example is communication skills. For example, most people are terrible listeners — they just don’t realize it.
Besides a focus on application skills, it’s really important to perfect the skill of building skills. This breaks out into:
Mastery Practices. There are five of these: self-talk, visualization, meditation, reflection and mindfulness. For accelerated learning of skills.
And it’s not just communication skills, leadership skills in general aren’t that good. This despite the fact that the leadership skills in general predict success in organizations.
“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” — Arthur Ashe