Management Tip of the Day: Ways to identify your unique skills

Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:13am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"All of us have at least one disruptive skill -- a capability that we are uniquely good at that sets us apart from others. You may have been honing yours for years, or you may be so innately good at it that you don't even notice it.

Here are three ways to identify your unique skill:

1. Watch your reflexes. You may instinctively do what you're good at without even noticing. Ask yourself: when I feel most successful or invigorated, what am I doing?

2. Look for confluences. A distinct skill may not be one thing, but an unusual intersection of ordinary proficiencies.

3. Listen to compliments. Peers, managers, direct reports, and even spouses are often good mirrors of your inherent strengths. Don't habitually dismiss compliments, but mine them for your unique skills."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "How to Identify Your Disruptive Skills" by Whitney Johnson.

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