Critical Skills and the Harvard Business School

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the career world and the road to the C-Suite have changed over the past few decades. No longer do many organizations chart clear career paths for individuals and closely manage their progress. The traditional career ladder has gone by the wayside—it simply doesn’t exist. Career paths are […]

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The Production Skill – Still Critical for Your Success! It’s the “Make It Happen” Skill!

he “Production” skill is often referred to as “making it happen.”

Simply put, it is the ability to convert an idea into reality . . . to convert a concept or idea into a product. To hear about the Production Skill, CLICK HERE to go to “It’s All About Skills” for the podcast episode about that skill.

A simple example is a group of high school freshmen having an idea about a float for the homecoming parade – and then creating the float and using it successfully. A more complicated example is the challenge of getting Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait . . . and then, through some massive efforts over time, actually accomplishing that complex task.

The “Production” skill most often involves converting ideas into reality through leadership of other people. Accordingly, the “Leadership” skill, while not one of the “Critical Skills,” is a subset of the “Production” skill. Leadership is often defined as the “art of accomplishing tasks through people.” It’s “production” – pure and simple.

Great ideas often reside in the heads of smart people. The ones who have the “Production” skill can actually turn those ideas into reality.

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Critical Skills Update – What Skills Are Needed in 2019?

Making a list of what skills are needed to succeed seems to be a hot topic these days. The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business joined the parade recently by publishing their “6 Critical Management Skills Every Business Leader Must Master.” Click HERE to access the article. It’s no major discovery, to be […]

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Biological and Cognitive Underpinnings of Religious Fundamentalism

Dr. Jordan Grafman, Neuropsychologist and Director of Brain Injury Research at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (SRAL) and a faculty member at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine is the leader of a major international project on the neural basis of human beliefs that addressed the question: Is there any correlation between an individual’s cognitive […]

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All About Skills – Field Studies

In this episode, Charlie Jett discusses Field Studies in depth. Field Studies were highlighted by the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) report, “Teaching the SCANS Competencies” as an effective means of teaching the Critical skills. Field Studies are conducted by a team of students and focus on issues identified by local area businesses […]

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