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Skills Development

What is Skills Development?


Skills development is the process of (1) identifying your skill gaps, and (2) developing and honing these skills. It is important because your skills determine your ability to execute your plans with success. Imagine a carpenter trying to build a house. He has the raw materials but lacks good wood working tools. He has, however, a flimsy hammer and a small screwdriver. Without the right tools like a hand saw, he can’t turn these raw materials into house building pieces.

Your Skills Development: Hard and Soft Skills


In developing your skills, I’d like you to consider 2 groups of skills:

Hard skills: Skills relating to any specific task; they are usually easily quantifiable. They tend to be knowledge-based, such as proficiency in a subject, certification, and technical skills. Fluency in Spanish, skills in XYZ software, graphic design, and programming are all hard skills.

Soft skills: Skills relating to personality and tend to be transferable, such as communication, leadership, time management, stress management, decision making, adaptability, ability to deal with adversity, and networking.

What Skills Do You Need to Develop?


  1. What is a goal you're working on now?
  2. What are the hard and soft skills needed to pursue this goal?
  3. Out of these skills, which are the core skills and which are the secondary skills?
  4. For your core skills, how can you start developing them? How can you apply the above tips?
  5. When can you start taking action on these steps?