The eBook On Skill Mapping: The Executive Summary

By Murray Johannsen. 

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

To succeed, you’ll need to play a STAR ROLE on the stage of work.

 

Standing pat on existing skill sets is a recipe for disaster; for the job you have today is not the one you’ll have tomorrow. This ebook on skill mapping helps you discover what skill sets to build now and in the future.

Coming in January to Amazon and Apple

The eBook Starts With:

Chapter 1: The Executive Overview To Skill Mapping

The first chapter gives you a quick run down of what’s coming up. 

Then Find Out About: The Six-Steps That Map Your Future

Step 1 (Chapter 2): Visualize Current and Future Roles

The first step is to activate your imagination and visualize where you want to be in the future. For if you don’t know where you’re going any path can take you there. Painting by: Caspar David Friedrich (1774 to 1840) – On the Sailing Boat
The first step is to activate your imagination and visualize where you want to be in the future. For if you don’t know where you’re going any path can take you there. Painting by: Caspar David Friedrich (1774 to 1840) – On the Sailing Boat

 

Roles aren’t just played in Hollywood and Bollywood. On the stage of work, you can be a bit player or a star. Imagine your future roles a future you define — not your boss, not your parents, not your university — you.

Step 2 (Chapter 3): Continuously Scan the Environment

Scanning the environment is a process, one that you do seeking even daily. The more you pay attention to what’s happening in the environment, the better to you can prepare. But you have to know where to look. Painting by: Ivan Aivazovsky (1817–1900):
The Ninth Wave

 

Sure, you can surround yourself with a zone of complacency and now understand what’s going on. But the world is stronger than your security blanket. You might as well know as to be ignorant.

Step 3 (Chapter 4): Decide on Threats and Opportunities

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze,

 

You’ll be in the career slow lane if you can’t sense opportunity. Worse, you can lose what you have if you don’t deal with primary threats. Be a strategist — of your own career.

Step 4 (Chapter 5): Assess Your Core 5 Competencies

You can’t easily change your traits, but you can build your skills. Some skills are always in demand and always pay well. Paradoxically, these are often skills not taught in the universities.  Be smart — build what the universities don’t teach you but corporations want — and what your desired roles require.

Step 5 (Chapter 6): Determine Your Strengths and Weaknesses 

This Surikov painting is a metaphor for today’s large bureaucratic corporation or government agency. A boss gives orders, but doesn’t actually do any work. A small number are working really hard, engaged in backbreaking jobs. One (a friend of the boss, no doubt) is asleep and clueless. And there is a cadre of social loafers who don’t do much real work due to their special relationship with the authority figure.

As Legacee’s founder likes to say, “Your strengths get you hired, your weaknesses get you fired.” There’s nothing worse than being blind-sided; you can’t fix what you don’t know was broken. And remember, no great dream is every achieved with the strengths you now have.

Step 6 (Chapter 7): Take Action

Before you can go to the future, you must let go of the past. And more than that, you must know where you are headed. Painting by: Antoine Volkmar (*1827): Emigrant’s farewell
Before you can go to the future, you must let go of the past. And more than that, you must know where you are headed. Painting by: Antoine Volkmar (*1827): Emigrant’s farewell

Once map has given you the layout and your destination, but one must choose from among different paths to get there. For example, skills needed must be built and ignorance diminished. One has to figure out how this has to be done. Understand that there are others who can do your job and machines might as well so forever build skills. Don’t stop.

Chapter 8: Skill Mapping Bibliography and References

For the scholar in you, what other experts are saying.

Chapter 9: Resources For The Resourceful

Get an edge, get access to more learning resources and others who have expertise in this area.

Additionally, each chapter of the ebook contains sections to:

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Enhance Expertise. Find more links to extra quality articles, top-drawer videos, and even a few audios to add real depth to your understanding.

Apply What You Know. After all, theory is worthless if you can make use of it and apply to Change Your World.

And to make reading your ebook more enjoyable, there are:

Memorable Quotes. Lots of them from the famous and the wise.

Beautiful Images. Numerous paintings from the old masters. After all, eyes were not made to see in black and white.

In Summary:

One day a man was struggling to cut down trees to build a fence.

A neighbor came by, observed for a short time, then said, “Seems like your ax is kind of dull.”

“I guess it is,” said the fence builder.

The neighbor then said, “Shouldn’t you stop and sharpen the ax?”

To which the fence builder said “Can’t stop now—I got all these trees to cut down.”

Morale of the Story: It’s always hard if you don’t sharpen your skills.

 

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