Skills Improvement

Skill Improvement is an ongoing process throughout your working period. Your job will always give you opportunities to learn and improve your skills and as an individual you must always be ready to grab the opportunity.

We all know how people and technology is advancing these days which means we all need to improve with time in order to survive in the growing competition. Bitter truth but yes, the company will invest in an employee only when he is justifying the assigned role.

You need to do comprehensive research on your strengths and how you can get over your weaknesses. Evaluation is the secret to understand and plan things well in advance. In some companies, assessments of functional performance are going to be administered as a way to present behavioral feedback info and encourage skill improvement.

In the majority of real-world applications, there's no tangible improvement. Performance improvement can be applied to either individual performance like an athlete or organizational performance like a racing group or an industrial business.

Skill improvement will not always need to be firmly united to performance, particularly for a beginner. Interviewing and finding the proper person for some job, involves plenty of background research, and most of the time, it's always an issue of pure chance.

Mostly, individuals aren't receptive to the notion of adding new team members. They believe this will affect their position and others might be at risk in case someone comes with more experience.

In such a situation, it is better to provide a pre-test and a post-test to assess the true learning and progress that one has made in the training. This way you will always have an idea of the worth of the person.

Consequently, leadership skills are thought to be important traits that can enable you to get to the peak of your career field. Fantastic leadership skills are essential for your career development. If you wish to boost your leadership skills, consider what actions you may take to be more influential.

Today, business organizations thoroughly work with their employees to improve their skills and the quality of work they deliver. This is directly proportionate to the success and growth of the business as well.

They organize several seminars/workshops and provide resourceful material to help deserving people reach their goals. Personally, every individual must try to improve their skills and find ways to excel in the workplace.

In regards to being a good manager or leader, you must master the difficult skills of your particular job along with the soft skills of interpersonal relations. While it comes naturally to some individuals, it's a skill which can be acquired by others.

Make sure to display the appropriate skills consistently or as and when required. Display positive use of all the training provided to you by the company to improve your skill set. It will make you more efficient towards the work and a valued part of your workplace.

To move forward in your career, you require soft abilities, like the ability to be a superior leader. Upgrading your wisdom and skills as part of your life really can accelerate your career. You need to be committed to achieve your goals and monitor your progress so that as soon as it is attained you can set and pursue the next objective.

Many multi-national or private limited companies offer special training courses to improve the skills of their employees as a way of extended help for interested candidates. As an investment in the human resource of the company, the environment must always be encouraging and positive.

As a manager/team leader if you wish to improve the skills of your team then you need to examine the current state of your team and how well they know their work. You can choose any of these options to initiate skill development as training sessions among the team members.

  • Academic Training
  • Personal Management Training
  • Term-based Knowledge Training

While academic training basically contributes to the knowledge of things to be done in context of your job role and work assigned personal management deals with the ability to handle work stress/pressures by meeting the deadlines.

Term-based Knowledge involves working as a team member and taking into consideration all the requirements of maintain peace and positivity within the team. This might include valuable behaviors and effective work practices.

All this can even be practiced at an individual level even if the management of the company is not involved in such activities. At the end, it is all about improving the skills and performance.

Ways to improve your ability to learn new skills:

1. Take action — Start learning a skill

Learning a skill requires that you actively practice it. So, if you only read about how to get better at learning skills, you are gaining knowledge. It’s when you apply it that you improve the skill of learning skills. The best way to improve this skill is therefore to have an ongoing skill learning project. Working on a skill can help you understand the principles of skill development and get a deeper understanding of the process of learning. If you need inspiration to start learning a new skill, I can recommend starting your own 100 hour challenge, which involves trying to improve a skill as much as possible with 100 hours of practice.

2. Breaking down a skill

Every skill consists of several sub-skills. To improve faster it is useful to find the sub-skills that are most important and focus on improving them. It is normally most effective to improve a few sub-skills at a time, to not make the learning experience overwhelming. To break down a skill, you can for example use the skill tree method, or create some sort of mind map or list that includes all the sub-skill you can think of. Always try to learn the most fundamental sub-skills first.

3. Always look for ways to improve

You can cook for 50 hours without becoming a much better cook. There are many examples of restaurants that serve mediocre food, even after decades of existence. As they are not looking for ways to improve, they never will. Only by searching for and experimenting with new ways of doing things, can you improve. This requires effort and attention, and without these two ingredients, it is very difficult to improve any skill.

If you are serious about improving, it is useful to self-assess how you can develop your own game or skill. It is also beneficial to reflect on how each practice session went after it’s over and think of ways to improve it for next time. This is a very different mindset from just showing up at practice and following the instructions from a coach. If this looks like your normal practice routine, try to be mindful of why different exercises are done and certain instructions are given.

4. View challenge as a great opportunity to learn

I often used to shy away from learning opportunities, as I was embarrassed that I couldn’t perform certain skills. This has changed quite a bit, as I now know that when something feels challenging is when I’m improving my skills the fastest. Anything that feels too easy, is probably things that you already know how to do, and you are not likely to learn much from it.

Eustress is a word that well describes how you should feel during practice. Eu-, is a greek prefix for ‘healthy’. ‘Healthy stress’ then is something that push you to exceed your limits, do things that you didn’t think you could do, and expands your sphere of comfortable action. This type of stress is helpful and a stimulus for growth. Be willing to take risks, and put yourself in challenging situations, where you may have to go through an embarrassing period of not being very good, but where you eventually will improve the performance of a particular skill.

5. Find the optimal time of day to practice

Putting in quality practice requires a lot of attention and effort. It is therefore important that you plan to do your practice at a time of the day when you are rested enough to put your full focus towards the task you are learning. Improving your skill requires that you are at the edge of your current abilities and when you are tired you are not able to push yourself to perform at this edge.

Professionals will plan their whole day around their practice, and will plan their practice time during the hours when they are most alert. This is often in the morning, but can vary from person to person. If you plan to practice more than once a day, it is usually good to separate the practice times with a longer break in the middle. Eating and hydrating well and relaxing your mind by doing a different activity can be useful. Also taking a good rest has been shown to be very beneficial for learning (many high performers take a nap during the day).

6. Create a learning environment that facilitates practice

A good learning environment makes it easy to start practicing your skill and contains few distractions. If you want to learn how to play the guitar, it’s probably better to have it sitting out in the living room, where you will see it all the time, rather than in the back of a closet. You want to make it as easy as possible to start practicing.

A good learning environment requires that you have full focus on the learning, so it’s best to remove any sort of distraction to facilitate practice. If you can, think of ways to prevent your phone, friends, or family from interfering with your practice. Try to find a place to practice that is easy to reach. If you have to sit through traffic for an hour to get there, you will be tired when you arrive and you’re less likely to go to practice in the first place.

7. Pay attention

Just because you are rested and alert, doesn’t automatically mean that you pay attention during practice. To learn a skill fast, you need to be fully focused on the task at hand and the feedback from what you are doing, your coach and your own interpretation of your actions.

This means that socialising and chatting about what happened on the weekend during practice, will take your attention away from performing at your best. If you want to improve, it is better to leave these type of discussion for before or after the practice. Rather you want to be focused on the small corrections you can make to perform better, and constantly try to focus on the details that can make you improve at the skill you are learning.