Initial Thoughts on List of Skills and Abilities: 12 Months to Master Key Skills in the Workplace Like a Rockstar
Difficult things are easier to do when you have a process in place. And that is the same when it comes to learning the list of skills and abilities professionals need to succeed in the workplace. I am not always on top of my game, and I will never pretend that I am. I fall off the wagon just like any other person. But it is easier for me to get back on track when I have a good system in place.
For about six months I went through a tough time. There were times during that difficult period when I read what I felt like reading. But for one month, I read over 30 books related to this reading challenge. I know which type of books I needed to read and I worked my way through them. When you break down activities into bite-sized pieces you will find that you are less daunted. Find a system that works well for you.
For example, if I recommend that you read 60 books in a year while taking part in the Strategic Reading Challenge, you may start to hyperventilate because the number of books overwhelms you. If I recommend that you read five books each month, that may sound more reasonable to you. If I recommend that you read for one hour each day, that is even better. However, if I recommend that you read during the breaks you have during a day – between meetings, waiting for your flight, waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting for your child’s soccer game to start, during your commute – you would nod your head and say, “I can definitely do that.” It is about how you frame things, and you know that the time you spend waiting each day is often more than an hour.
Furthermore, when you have a powerful purpose for doing something, you make time for it. Is mastering a list of professional skills to help you thrive in the future, a good enough reason to invest the time to read some of the best personal development books?
Let us get started on Month Six of the Strategic Reading Challenge. This month the focus is on creativity and learning about ideas. Because I was born in Jamaica, I did not read many of the popular children’s as a child. However, I had a lot of fun reading them as an adult. Reading children’s books take you back to a place where you believed you could do anything. Make sure that you have all your five books handy so you can read your books one after another. It is also a good practice not to read difficult books one after another because that is too draining. Before you buy any of the books, check to see what you already own. You may be surprised by what you discover.
In This Article, You Will Learn
- A book to read to start developing cultural intelligence.
- The type of book to read every six days to learn key workplace skills.
- How to accelerate the process to learn the list of professional skills.
Month Six: Strategic Reading Challenge – Read Books for Career Development
This month we are reading books written by authors who were born in North America, which includes the Caribbean and Mexico. This is going to be so much fun. There are 23 recognized independent states in North America – the largest are Canada and the United States.
Strategic Reading Lesson Plans (Challenge Requirements): Month Six – North America & More
- Read two books written by authors born in North America and the Caribbean. This counts as two books for the month.
- Read a book about ideas.
- Read a book about your favorite hobby to become better at it.
- Read a children’s book that you didn’t read as a child.
- Each week, read a technology article from a well-respected journal/magazine.
Month Six: Books for Career Development
Into the WildThe Big Short: Inside the Doomsday MachineThe Long GoodbyeWhat Do You Do With an Idea?Goodnight MoonBridge to TerabithiaThe Giving TreeWhere the Wild Things AreMatildaThe Phantom Tollbooth
Final Thoughts on List of Skills and Abilities: 12 Months to Master Key Skills in the Workplace Like a Rockstar
When reading each of the five books for this month, please take detailed notes to ensure that you remember more of what you learn. Review your notes, extracting the five big ideas. At the end of the month, start combining the 25 ideas in unique ways to generate hybrid ideas that are more encompassing. Is there a way you can connect the combined ideas to a human need?
Take a look at the list of skills and abilities you have to master, how do your current skills stack up? Do you have to take additional action to get back on track? Have you been applying your newfound skills at work? I’ve created some handy guides to help you to get the most from the books you read. If you feel like they can help you, please go ahead and buy them. They are very affordable.