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18 Foundation Skills Ensuring Success in Corporate Sector

18 Foundation Skills Ensuring Success in Corporate Sector

Attention students, aspiring candidates, employees & HR Executives/Managers

If you are working in corporate sector or desire to work, please check on the following simple yet employable 21st Century Skills. Often people fail to understand the importance of these skills and believe me, if you are short on any of these skills you will find your navigation difficult. Even HR executives/managers should know about these 21st Century Skills for easy recruitment.

18 skills are divided into four groups

  1. Base Skills
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. People Skills
  4. Personal Skills
18 Foundation Skills Ensuring Success in Corporate Sector

Base Skills

BASE SKILLS

Reading:

  • Identify relevant details, facts, and specification in what is being read;
  • Locate information in books and manuals, from graphs and schedules;
  • Find meaning of unknown or technical words and phrases;
  • Judge accuracy of reports
  • Use computer to find information.

Writing:

  • Communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing;
  • Record information completely and accurately;
  • Create documents, including letters, manuals, reports and graphs;
  • Check, edit, and revise documents for correct information, appropriate emphasis, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Use computers to communicate information.

Mathematics:

  • Use numbers, fractions, and percentages to solve practical problems;
  • Make reasonable estimates of arithmetic results without calculator;
  • Use tables, graphs, diagrams, and charts to obtain numerical information;
  • Use computers to enter, retrieve, change, and communicate numerical information.
  • Use computers to communicate data, choosing the best form to present data (e.g., line or bar graph, pie charts).

Speaking:

  • Organize ideas and communicate oral messages appropriate to listener and situations;
  • Select appropriate language, tone or voice, gestures, and level of complexity appropriate to audience and occasion.
  • Speak clearly; ask questions when needed.

Listening:

  • Listen carefully to what a person says, noting tone of voice and other body language to understand content and feelings being expressed.
  • Respond in a way that shows understanding of what is said.

Thinking Skills

THINKING SKILLS

Creative Thinking:

  • Use imagination freely, combining ideas or information in new ways
  • Make connections between ideas that seem unrelated.

Problem-Solving Skills:

  • Recognize problem, a gap between what is and what should or could be.
  • Identify why it is a problem.
  • Create and implement a solution.
  • Watch to see how well solution works and revise if needed.

Decision Making Skills:

  • Identify the goal desired in making the decision;
  • Generate alternatives for reaching the goal;
  • Gather information about the alternatives (e.g., from experts or books);
  • Weigh the pros and cons of each alternative (i.e., gains/losses to yourself and others, approval/disapproval or self and others);
  • Make the best choice.
  • Plan how to carry out your choice and what you will do if negative consequences occur.

Visualization:

  • See a building or object by looking at a blueprint, drawing, or sketch; and
  • Imagine how a system works by looking at a schematic drawing.

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People Skills

PEOPLE SKILLS

Communication:

  • Verbal & non-verbal communication should be impressive.
  • Know the nuances of customer/client communication standards.
  • Know how to run–and manage–meetings.
  • Know how to build trust–and relationships

Social:

  • Show understanding, friendliness, and respect for the feelings of others;
  • Assert oneself appropriately, stand up for yourself and your ideas in a firm, positive way.
  • Take an interest in what people say and why they think and act as they do.

Negotiation:

  • Identify common goals among different parties in conflict and the ways they depend on each other;
  • Clearly present the facts and arguments of your own position;
  • Listen to and understand other party’s position.
  • Create and propose possible options for resolving the conflict, making reasonable compromises.

Leadership:

  • Communicate thoughts and feelings to justify a position;
  • Encourage, persuade, or convince individuals or groups;
  • Make positive use of rules (e.g. “Robert’s Rules of Order”) or values of the organization;
  • Exhibit ability to have others believe in and trust you due to your competence and honesty.

Teamwork:

  • Work cooperatively with others; contribute to the group with ideas and effort;
  • Do own share of tasks necessary to complete project;
  • Encourage team members by listening to them, providing support, and offering tips for success, as appropriate;
  • Resolve differences for the benefits of the team.
  • Responsibly challenge existing procedures, policies, or authorities.

Cultural Diversity:

  • Work well with people having different ethnic, social, or educational backgrounds;
  • Understand the concerns of members of other ethnic and gender groups;
  • Base impressions on a person’s behaviour, not stereotypes;
  • Understand one’s own culture and those of others and how they differ.
  • Respect the rights of others while helping them make cultural adjustments where necessary.

Personal Skills

PERSONAL SKILLS

Self-Esteem:

  • Understand how beliefs affect how a person feels and acts;
  • Listen to what you say to yourself to identify any irrational or harmful beliefs you may have; and
  • Understand how to change these negative beliefs when they occur.

Self-Management:

  • Assess your own knowledge and skills accurately;
  • Set well-defined and realistic personal goals; and
  • Monitor your progress toward your goals.

Responsibility:

  • Give a high level of effort toward reaching goals;
  • Work hard to become excellent at job tasks. Pay attention to details. Concentrate on doing tasks well, even unpleasant ones; and
  • Display high standards of attendance, honesty, energy, and optimism.

To Sum Up

As a student try and benchmark yourself on these skills to succeed in career. But corporate employees and aspirant must work to inculcate these skills on priority to sustain and grow in this fierce competitive sector.