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What About Learning New Things?

Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Have you decided to go forth into something and realized that you don’t have all the skills needed to achieve great outcomes yet?  Maybe you need to up-skill, or maybe you just need to know enough to be able to hire someone highly skilled so that you truly understand what it is that they are really great at so that you can get the best out of them.

Start by considering these two things: 

  1. Do you need or even want to become technically brilliant in order to run a superior level technical team or department?
  2. Or would it be enough (or maybe more than enough) to simply attend some good refresher courses so that you at least know the quality of the candidates you could hire to do some specialist work?  

Many great leaders recommend hiring people who are smarter than you are as a means of achieving much more than you can do by yourself.   Perhaps the best use of your time is to improve your leadership or management skills so that you can truly harness the effectiveness of others who are experts in their field.

This is a good time to consider your own strengths, and weaker areas of ability.  What do you love to do and what are you best at focusing on?  It’s all very well to know that you have the ability to do the $10 per hour jobs like filing, or data processing, but what if your own top skills are better spent on the $100 per hour jobs. 

Thinking about these things from mindset of being ON PURPOSE® gives you clarity about what is truly important and what it is you are aiming for beyond the details.  

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