Top 5 workplace skills to help you become more successful

Morgan McKinley June 12, 2014 2 mins read

Along with the requisite professional abilities, most successful people tend to have unique personal strengths and charming personalities.

The majority of these workplace skills can be summarized as follows:

1. Reverse thinking and putting yourself in the other person’s shoes
When problem solving, try and step out of your own personal frame of reference and think about things from the other person’s point of view. This may help you quickly locate the crux of the problem and resolve the issue in a comprehensive and thorough manner.

2. Information collection and summarization
When gathering information, pay attention to trends and try to tease out the overarching themes. Through practice, this will help improve your ability to make decisions quicker..

3. Communication skills
It’s important to choose effective and efficient modes of communication. When confronted with a certain problem at the office, it’s important to consider carefully whether you should deal with it face-to-face, or whether an indirect email or other type of written approach would be more appropriate. Face-to-face communication is better suited to conveying emotional messages, but written communication gives you the opportunity to be more comprehensive in what you want to say.

4. Adaptability and ability to change
The ability to adapt to unknown environments, such as a new company, along with fortitude and a solid bearing when faced with change aren’t just questions of personal development—they’re a matter of survival.

5. The active seeking of new challenges and acceptance of new duties
Never missing an opportunity to challenge and improve yourself and daring to take on the responsibilities others won’t will always lead to new opportunities. Propel yourself to new heights by always striving for better results.

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