All jobs require a specific set of skills. But what skills are valuable for almost any job? Here are three that have value no matter the position…
Managing yourself: Even if you’re good at managing others, you may be lacking when it comes to managing yourself. If you’re going into each day without a plan, you’re probably causing yourself more trouble than you should. Map out your day, keep track of deadlines, and decide how you want to delegate tasks to your staff. Planning ahead will make your day a lot smoother.
Being a team player: Everyone on your team won’t embrace communication. For those that it’s hard to stay in touch with, you need to find a better way to reach them. Some people hate talking on the phone. If they’re not responding to your emails, maybe their inbox is their weakness. Try sending a short text, or for someone in the building, drop by their office and have a 30 second conversation. You may be able to easily resolve an issue in a manner that’s easier for your coworker. In any relationship there’s always give-and-take so be flexible and help each other out.
Solving problems: Whether it’s a problem that is plaguing your company, your team, or just you, you need to be able to figure out what is going on, why it’s happening, and what you can do about it. It’s not always easy to do, but when everyone is committed to solving problems instead of pawning them off on someone else, it’s amazing what you can accomplish.