Have you ever wished you were an astronaut? What if your wish came true, and you were to be the lead pilot of a space shuttle mission six months from now? What would you do today? Most likely, you would seek out pilot training, study graphics depicting the control panels, and try your best over the next six months to learn as much as you could about which buttons to push, when, and why.
What you seek, of course, are the skills you need to survive. More specifically, you are seeking "hard skills."
- Chapter Eight. Got Skills?
- from Making it Work at Work: A Guide to Career Development and Fulfillment (Collection)
- Publisher: Pearson Business
- Released: May 2012
What types of skills do you really need in order to make progress in your job? How can you determine your strengths and weaknesses in those critical skill areas? To find out, review the section that follows, and complete the included exercise.
You will notice a reference to “Emotional Intelligence,” a cluster of “soft skills” that includes awareness of one’s own and others’ emotions and the ability to use that awareness to guide behavior toward others.
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