21ST CENTURY JOB SKILLS BLOG


4 Essential Skills for the 21st Century Professional


Sep 21, 2020






The 21st century workforce is full of professionals with advanced technical skills and specialized expertise. However, employees, managers, and executives that really excel at their job all display basic human qualities that have existed since the dawn of time.

 

If you are exploring ways to take your work to the next level, then the following 4 skills may not immediately spring to mind. Nevertheless, these attributes may mean the difference between making your career a success, and staying stuck in a rut. Let's discuss what each skill involves, and how it can help you excel at your work.

 

Collaboration

 

What is it?

 

Collaboration has been defined as the ability "to work jointly with others" — especially towards a common goal. There are many aspects of successful collaboration, including effective listening (which we'll discuss later), emotional intelligence, discernment, and tact.

 

As just one example, a tactful person makes an excellent collaborator, because he doesn't say the first thing that comes to mind, or make mountains out of molehills. Instead, the tactful individual will consider the possible impact of his words on the other person, and find a way to get his point across without unnecessary criticism.

 

How can it help?

 

Every human being on the planet has an innate need to feel like he or she is part of a bigger whole. In the professional world, effective collaboration is a key skill that feeds into this need, and helps a team to function more smoothly and productively.

 

If you are known as someone who excels at collaboration with others, you'll gain the trust and respect of your managers. You'll also achieve optimal results from joint efforts with your colleagues, which in turn will add increased appeal to your portfolio of work and marketability.

 

To sum it up, cultivating the art of collaboration will help you to get ahead in your career with minimal friction and maximum impact.

 

Active Listening

 

What is it?

 

Active listening is more than hearing the words that the other person is saying. When you actively listen to someone, you not only stay attentive to them, but you also periodically give them feedback to ensure that you've properly understood the content of their message.

Paraphrasing is a classic example of this: you repeat the other person's message back to them in your own words to see whether you've accurately grasped his or her meaning.

How can it help?

 

Active listening is an invaluable asset in the professional world on so many levels. By staying mindful of how you listen, you'll be in a better position to retain important information and comprehend key instructions relevant to your job performance. You'll also strengthen relationships with your colleagues — after all, just about anyone can tell when a person is really listening, compared to when he is just faking it.

 

When you make it your goal to practice active listening, you'll gain a reputation as an attentive, conscientious, and respectful worker; and that in itself is a victory.

 

Decision-Making

 

What is it?

 

Good decision-making is a key skill to cultivate in any situation, whether personal or professional. As the name implies, this attribute involves the development of good judgment, perceptiveness, and self-discipline in order to make the right choices.

 

For example, time management involves making the right decisions on a daily basis. In a business environment, money is not the only finite resource that must be taken into account; each individual also has limits to his time and energy. Therefore, it's important for both managers and employees to prioritize their assigned tasks in order of importance, and stick to a productive routine in order to accomplish as much as possible. 

 

How can it help?

 

When you learn how to make optimal decisions, you become a highly valuable asset to your company. To illustrate this, research shows that 89% of full-time employees waste at least some time at work, with the top 10% of that number losing up to 3 hours of productivity per day. Poor time management is one major contributor to these figures.

 

In contrast, good decision-making will make you an exceptionally productive employee. For instance, when you implement the 80/20 rule (80% of outcomes result from 20% of causes), it's easier to stay focused on the more important things, and get vital tasks done on schedule.

 

Good decision-making doesn't require technical expertise or specialized training. Instead, you can cultivate this key skill by practicing foresight, and learning how to properly evaluate different options available to you.

 

Adaptability

 

What is it?

 

Adaptable professionals are able to adjust to the demands of their work without becoming overly anxious or losing focus. They stay positive even during challenging times. In addition, adaptable people are typically humble as well; in other words, they are willing to admit their mistakes, and eager to learn from the wisdom and experience of others.

 

How can it help?

 

Adaptability is an invaluable skill for professionals to cultivate, especially in markets that may rapidly fluctuate from one day to the next. When you cultivate a humble attitude, and show a willingness to be flexible with your workflow, you'll earn a reputation for reasonableness among your peers. Your managers may single you out for additional training, and even begin grooming you for promotion.

 

In addition, adaptability will make it easier to get along with a variety of personalities on the job. Being adaptable to different communication styles will enable you to keep peace with your colleagues, and humility will help you to separate valid suggestions for improvement from a blunt or unkind delivery.

 

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating adaptability and humility will make others want to work with you — and that alone can do wonders for your career.

 

It's true that there will always be a need for specialized skills and technical expertise in today's workplace. Nevertheless, the 4 skills discussed above have been essential aspects of professional excellence for countless decades, and will remain so for years to come. In fact, right now, in the 21st century, these skills are more vital than ever before.

 

In order to get ahead in your professional life, it is essential that you cultivate these skills. If you'd like to learn more about how to do so, reach out to us today and start exploring our critically acclaimed courses.

The 21st century workforce is full of professionals with advanced technical skills and specialized expertise. However, employees, managers, and executives that really excel at their job all display basic human qualities that have existed since the dawn of time.

 

If you are exploring ways to take your work to the next level, then the following 4 skills may not immediately spring to mind. Nevertheless, these attributes may mean the difference between making your career a success, and staying stuck in a rut. Let's discuss what each skill involves, and how it can help you excel at your work.

 

Collaboration

 

What is it?

 

Collaboration has been defined as the ability "to work jointly with others" — especially towards a common goal. There are many aspects of successful collaboration, including effective listening (which we'll discuss later), emotional intelligence, discernment, and tact.

 

As just one example, a tactful person makes an excellent collaborator, because he doesn't say the first thing that comes to mind, or make mountains out of molehills. Instead, the tactful individual will consider the possible impact of his words on the other person, and find a way to get his point across without unnecessary criticism.

 

How can it help?

 

Every human being on the planet has an innate need to feel like he or she is part of a bigger whole. In the professional world, effective collaboration is a key skill that feeds into this need, and helps a team to function more smoothly and productively.

 

If you are known as someone who excels at collaboration with others, you'll gain the trust and respect of your managers. You'll also achieve optimal results from joint efforts with your colleagues, which in turn will add increased appeal to your portfolio of work and marketability.

 

To sum it up, cultivating the art of collaboration will help you to get ahead in your career with minimal friction and maximum impact.

 

Active Listening

 

What is it?

 

Active listening is more than hearing the words that the other person is saying. When you actively listen to someone, you not only stay attentive to them, but you also periodically give them feedback to ensure that you've properly understood the content of their message.

Paraphrasing is a classic example of this: you repeat the other person's message back to them in your own words to see whether you've accurately grasped his or her meaning.

How can it help?

 

Active listening is an invaluable asset in the professional world on so many levels. By staying mindful of how you listen, you'll be in a better position to retain important information and comprehend key instructions relevant to your job performance. You'll also strengthen relationships with your colleagues — after all, just about anyone can tell when a person is really listening, compared to when he is just faking it.

 

When you make it your goal to practice active listening, you'll gain a reputation as an attentive, conscientious, and respectful worker; and that in itself is a victory.

 

Decision-Making

 

What is it?

 

Good decision-making is a key skill to cultivate in any situation, whether personal or professional. As the name implies, this attribute involves the development of good judgment, perceptiveness, and self-discipline in order to make the right choices.

 

For example, time management involves making the right decisions on a daily basis. In a business environment, money is not the only finite resource that must be taken into account; each individual also has limits to his time and energy. Therefore, it's important for both managers and employees to prioritize their assigned tasks in order of importance, and stick to a productive routine in order to accomplish as much as possible. 

 

How can it help?

 

When you learn how to make optimal decisions, you become a highly valuable asset to your company. To illustrate this, research shows that 89% of full-time employees waste at least some time at work, with the top 10% of that number losing up to 3 hours of productivity per day. Poor time management is one major contributor to these figures.

 

In contrast, good decision-making will make you an exceptionally productive employee. For instance, when you implement the 80/20 rule (80% of outcomes result from 20% of causes), it's easier to stay focused on the more important things, and get vital tasks done on schedule.

 

Good decision-making doesn't require technical expertise or specialized training. Instead, you can cultivate this key skill by practicing foresight, and learning how to properly evaluate different options available to you.

 

Adaptability

 

What is it?

 

Adaptable professionals are able to adjust to the demands of their work without becoming overly anxious or losing focus. They stay positive even during challenging times. In addition, adaptable people are typically humble as well; in other words, they are willing to admit their mistakes, and eager to learn from the wisdom and experience of others.

 

How can it help?

 

Adaptability is an invaluable skill for professionals to cultivate, especially in markets that may rapidly fluctuate from one day to the next. When you cultivate a humble attitude, and show a willingness to be flexible with your workflow, you'll earn a reputation for reasonableness among your peers. Your managers may single you out for additional training, and even begin grooming you for promotion.

 

In addition, adaptability will make it easier to get along with a variety of personalities on the job. Being adaptable to different communication styles will enable you to keep peace with your colleagues, and humility will help you to separate valid suggestions for improvement from a blunt or unkind delivery.

 

Perhaps most importantly, cultivating adaptability and humility will make others want to work with you — and that alone can do wonders for your career.

 

It's true that there will always be a need for specialized skills and technical expertise in today's workplace. Nevertheless, the 4 skills discussed above have been essential aspects of professional excellence for countless decades, and will remain so for years to come. In fact, right now, in the 21st century, these skills are more vital than ever before.

 

In order to get ahead in your professional life, it is essential that you cultivate these skills. If you'd like to learn more about how to do so, reach out to us today and start exploring our critically acclaimed courses.



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