Thinking Of Evolving? - Here are 6.5 skills you’ll need to position yourself at the sharp-end of your business and out-perform your competition.
New Year resolutions have a nasty habit of lasting just a few days, or maybe even a couple of weeks but before too long we tend to slip back into our respective comfort zones and revert to type. Suddenly it's February and you’re just the same as last year. But if you want to really step up and make a difference to your career prospects, gain that promotion and generally advance your career in 2017, then you’ll need to master the sort of skills that are going to make you stand out. The first rule of professional development is do some.
Competitive edge is always a thin biscuit but here are 6.5 skills that will demonstrate your differential, show your potential and identify you as highly valued talent within any organisation. Leave being average to the others.
1. Outstanding Communication Skills:
The ability to express an idea, sell a concept, a plan or an idea. The ability to speak or write with absolute clarity, brevity and impact. The ability to get people to want to listen and pay attention when you have something to say.
The ability to generate that often intangible sense of charisma, authority and presence. Learn to look the part, walk the talk and get noticed when you walk into a room. Don’t allow yourself to be invisible within your organisation. Stop trying to fit in and learn to stand out.
With so much nonsense spoken about what it takes to be an effective leader, 2017 is as good a time as any to sweep aside all the noise and kerfuffle and really understand what it means to lead people with impact and influence. It’s not rocket science, it’s simply about understanding and then mastering some key skills, behaviours and demonstrating effective style. Perhaps above all, it’s about the need to change your personal mind set. Too many ‘leaders’ become a horse’s arse and lead through their position, title, misplaced authority and fear. Invariably good people leave organisations because of a dysfunctional culture that has been created and led by donkeys. Don’t become one.
4. Presentation Skills:
The ability to get on your feet in front of an audience of anything from 1 to 1000 and get your message across effectively, encourage subsequent action and be entirely memorable. If you can’t do this, you’ll be handicapped throughout your career. Presenting is not someone else’s job – it’s yours.
5. Business Development:
Everyone needs to be a salesman. You need the ability to pitch an idea, sell a proposal, or a product, convince, be compelling, and gain commitment. These are fundamental business skills but it’s amazing how many people are really poor at this. Mediocrity is endemic. Stop pushing and start pulling. Become a rainmaker, not a Power Point zombie.
6. Client Facing Skills:
Where the rubber meets the road. The chance to finally sit down with a potential client often represents a hard won opportunity but too many people just blow it because they end up coming across just the same as everybody else. If you’ve mastered the skills above, then you’ll be home and hosed because you will have made it all about the client, not about you. Your client facing skills will become your differential and what ultimately brings home the bacon.
6.5 Stop Pecking Around with Turkeys and Learn to Soar with Eagles:
Make 2017 your year to evolve. Stop waiting for it to be your turn, stop waiting for that lucky break, that long promised promotion or that course you asked to go on at you last appraisal. Take action, take control of your own professional development – don’t outsource your career management to somebody else! Be proactive! Don’t be the monkey, be the organ grinder.
Evolve! Take Action!
Firefox Executive Performance Academy run weekly development programs delivering high-end skills training across our core specialist areas of Leadership, Communication and Business Development. We don’t do ordinary. We don’t deliver mediocrity. What we do is develop talent that will go on to perform within the top 20% of any business.
Learn a whole lot more by visiting our website at www.firefoxacademy.com.au
You won’t regret it.