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99 Skills of 21st Century Market Place : Week 1

Welcome to this journey of collaboration to collate "99 Skills for 21st Century Market Place" since 100th is You! Through this period, we will discover 99 key skills that are essential for success in the market place and learn how to apply them to our own unique situations. Today we start with Adaptability and Flexibility and will move later to effective communication, time management, networking and leadership. We'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the skills that top performers possess and how we can develop them for ourselves.

Remember that there's more to it than just having the right skills. The 100th skill is you. This evolving compilation will not just be a manual for career success, but a guide to personal transformation. By the end of our journey, we'll have a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us, and be equipped with the tools and confidence to achieve our wildest career dreams.

How does this voyage work? Allow us to present three skills with a quote, an example, a definition and a checklist. So let's set sail!

1. Adaptability and Flexibility:

"The only thing constant in life is change." -Heraclitus, a Greek Philosopher

An Example: Ikea, a market leader in the home furnishing and accessories industry faced a major challenge when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and caused widespread shutdowns and supply chain disruptions. However, like many others, they were able to quickly pivot their business strategies and move his operations online. By being adaptable and flexible, these entities were able to continue serving their customers and maintain the success of their business.

A Definition: Adaptability and flexibility refer to the ability to rapidly and easily pivot in response to new information or circumstances. This requires not only an open mind and a willingness to learn, but also the ability to think on your feet and make decisions quickly.

A Checklist:

  1. Be open-minded: Be willing to consider new ideas and approaches, even if they're different from what you're used to.

  2. Stay informed: Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in your field.

  3. Be proactive: Take initiative and be proactive in seeking out new opportunities and experiences.

  4. Develop resilience: Build your resilience and learn to bounce back from challenges and setbacks.

  5. Embrace change: Instead of fearing change, see it as an opportunity for growth and development.

By developing your adaptability and flexibility, you'll be better equipped to navigate change and stay ahead of the curve in the marketplace. With an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow, the sky is the limit for what you can achieve.

2. Technological Savviness:

Take charge of your own digital Upskilling. Digitize yourself!Nicky Verd, Author of “Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted”

An Example: Nicky Verd is a leading technology Speaker from South Africa and a key voice on digital transformation and innovation. After being retrenched from a job she held to for dear life, Nicky Verd hit rock bottom, literally but rose back up, upskilled/reinvented herself, and is now empowering others to do the same. From living on food parcels to being recognised as one of the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in 2019 and 2020 respectively her journey is a testament to technological savviness.

A Definition: Technological savviness refers to the ability to understand and effectively use technology to achieve your goals. This includes not only being proficient in using technology, but also having the ability to learn and adopt new tools and platforms as they emerge.

A Checklist:

  1. Stay informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest technology trends and developments.

  2. Get hands-on experience: Try out new technologies and platforms, and don't be afraid to experiment and make mistakes.

  3. Attend workshops and training: Invest in learning and training opportunities to improve your skills and knowledge.

  4. Stay curious: Ask questions and seek out information to continue learning and expanding your knowledge.

  5. Collaborate with tech-savvy colleagues: Seek out opportunities to work with colleagues who are knowledgeable about technology, and learn from their experiences.

By developing your technological savviness, you'll be better equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that technology presents, and stay ahead of the curve in the marketplace. Whether you're working with new tools or seeking out innovative solutions, being tech-savvy will help you achieve your goals and drive success.

3. Creativity & Innovation:

"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." - Theodore Levitt

An Example: Creativity and Innovation has enabled Samsung achieve major success in the market and return to a key share in the mobile handset space. Samsung kicked off the trend of the large screen era in the smartphone industry with the introduction of their AMOLED using Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) technology showcasing clear picture quality, self-luminescence and larger screen size.

A Definition: Creativity refers to the ability to come up with new and original ideas, while innovation is the process of turning those ideas into reality. These skills allow individuals to think outside the box, challenge conventional wisdom, and find new solutions to problems.

A Checklist:

  1. Cultivate a growth mindset: Embrace new experiences and challenges, and be open to feedback and learning.

  2. Encourage brainstorming: Create a supportive environment where everyone feels free to share their ideas.

  3. Embrace failure: Don't be afraid to try new things, even if they don't work out. Failure is often a stepping stone to success.

  4. Stay curious: Seek out new experiences, knowledge, and perspectives to keep your mind active and engaged.

  5. Collaborate with others: Work with others to build on each other's ideas and find new solutions.

By fostering your creativity and innovation, you'll be better equipped to tackle complex problems, differentiate yourself in the marketplace, and drive success. Whether you're working on your own or collaborating with others, your unique perspective and innovative spirit will help you achieve your goals and make a real impact.

Come & Collaborate

I invite you to share your thoughts, experiences, and insights with me. Your responses will help shape the content of this work and ensure that it meets the needs and interests of our audience. This is a win-win voyage for all of us, and I look forward to learning from you as we navigate the exciting world of career development together.

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