Friday, February 5, 2016
Self Actualization Skills Assessment
Assessing your skills is important because you will have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. After completing the skills assessment, five skills that are important to the success of future goals will be judgment and decision making, management of financial resources, critical thinking, active listening, and management of personnel resources. Even though there are several more I feel that would be beneficial, these five I feel are the most important.
Judgment and decision making skills are important in not only in your professional life, but it is also important in your personal life. Decisions are made every day and having the skills to make good decisions is extremely important if you want to be successful. “Decision making can be hard. Almost any decision involves some conflicts or dissatisfaction. The difficult part is to pick one solution where the positive outcome can outweigh possible losses. Avoiding decisions often seems easier. Yet, making your own decisions and accepting the consequences is the only way to stay in control of your time, your success, and your life” (Time-Management-Guide, 2002, para. 1.) Good decisions can be made by determining simple steps. First, determine what the problem is and why it needs to be solved. Next it is important to gather information to determine what the problem involves. After you determine the problem you should create a list of possible solutions to the problem. When you get several different solutions, you should figure out the consequences of each solution. After you evaluate the consequences you should determine the best decision based on the best outcome. After you have determined the solution to the problem it’s important to implement the decision and evaluate the outcome of your decision. Making good decisions are not always easy but it’s important to understand the process so good decisions can be made.
Management of financial resources is another critical skill needed in business and it includes more than just budgets. “Managing financial resources is about getting the most from the resources you have available. It involves implementing resource management procedures and controls and can include managing costs and maximizing opportunities” (Founding Central, n.d., para. 1.) Managing a company’s financial resources will help a company strategically meet their goals while ensuring their budgets are realistic and achievable. This skill will help ensure the company is resourceful, has longevity and maintains their profitability.
Critical thinking is an important skill because it provides an approach to information that allows you to think clearly and rationally. Critical thinking is not just about being able to accumulating information and knowing facts. A good critical thinker understands consequences and knows how to solve problems with relevant information to problems. In business, good critical thinking skills can play a critical role in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks as well as enhance work processes.
Active listening skills are very important because it will help you be more productive and successful in your career. Good listening skills allow you to make sense and understand information that is being given by others. Active listening skills are extremely important in a group environment because it helps resolve problems and you have a better understanding of what others are really saying. A good active listener will maintain eye contact when listening to someone speaks. This will force you to pay attention to the person talking. You also never want to interrupt the speaker, save your questions and comments till the speaker is finished. When active listening, repeating information and instructions is a good way to ensure you understand the message the speaker was giving. This way if you did not understand what the speaker was saying they can give the message again in a way that you do understand.
Finally, management of personnel resources is important because it helps establish rules, policies, procedures, and contracts. Management personnel are the link to the organizations core process. Personnel management is the administrative record keeping function that establishes and maintains terms and conditions of employment. This includes the appraisals of employees and keeping employees motivated to ensure the success of the organization.
Assessing your skills is important because you will have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. After completing the skills assessment, five skills that are important to the success of future goals will be judgment and decision making, management of financial resources, critical thinking, active listening, and management of personnel resources. Even though there are several more I feel that would be beneficial, these five I feel are very important.
Funding Central. (n.d.). Why is Managing Financial Resources Key to Your Organization? Retrieved from http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/Page.aspx?SP=6237
Time-Management-Guide.com. (2002). Decision Making Skills and Techniques. Retrieved from http://www.time-management-guide.com/decision-making-skills.html
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