Considering our transferable skills

Can one acquired skill be applied & supportive in other fields?

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I have been chewing a little on the usefulness of transferrable skills. Let’s go.

Build relationships

Active listening

I sometimes need to use this to remind myself to quiet down, both with friends and with colleagues. Just slow down to understanding while listening is a great help. It is also the most precious gift you can give to anyone.

Keeping the tabs open

The cognitive challenge of holding a few things in my mind have been a good skill to be applied to Project Management and following up with my team.

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Untangling signal from noise

The skill of untangling signal from noise helps me to focus on the critical path from coaching a crew, facilitating a workshop to planning a test session.

“Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.”
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Zooming in and out

The skill to zoom in and out is often noticeable when ‘glueing’ customer support and the engineering team.

Pick an area that the customers enquire / a feature area that connects to many fields in the product. bring the team in, dissect the emotional changes of our customers on friction/pain point, plot, pick a few customers to do a few qualitative interviews, reveal the underlying motivation, generate more questions, note the finding — feedback to the Engineering team.

Having said that, this can be a challenge to be applied to the practical events outside work, e.g. preparing the garden for the winter! I aim for progress and not perfection both at work and outside work 🙃

There may be plenty more that you have in your mind, want to share them with me?