The Management Skills Builder: Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Career Development

The Management Skills Builder: Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Career Development

The Management Skills Builder: Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Career Development

The Management Skills Builder: Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Career Development

Synopsis

The body of knowledge to be mastered in a technical or professional education leaves little or no time for the acquisition of skills that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Used in all fields, these interdisciplinary skills are vital to the careers of many managers and professionals. Among them are interviewing, writing, public speaking, interpersonal relations, computer use, information search design, and development of lifetime learning skills. Hambrick's purposes are to increase the awareness of the need for these skills among professionals and to suggest ideas about how those skills may be acquired, further developed, and honed.

Excerpt

Talent, knowledge, and hard work do not guarantee success in a managerial or professional career, although they certainly contribute. Competent, knowledgeable, and hardworking people often have less impact and achieve less career success than they would seem to deserve. Sometimes the missing ingredient for success is a set of fundamental skills, skills that give talent, knowledge, and hard work leverage and visibility.

THE SKILL ADVANTAGE

The manager and professional who can write efficiently and well; who is an effective and willing public speaker; who can interview effectively and uses that skill regularly; who can and does relate effectively with others, both individually and in group settings; who is personally able to use a computer; and who can tap into the burgeoning volume of information with some precision to solve problems and to update professional knowledge, has a greater probability of success than one who cannot or does not. The mastery of these skills may make the difference between mediocrity and excellence in professional and managerial performance and . . .

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