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The Metaskills You Need to Thrive in the 21st Century - Thrive Global

Skills And Meta-Skills

Skills are temporary; meta-skills are permanent.

Learning a second language gives you a skill, a learned ability. A meta-skill, on the other hand, is your ability to learn new languages. Developing that meta-skill, makes it easier to learn a third or a fourth tongue.

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Meta-Skills

A meta-skill is a high order skill that allows you to engage with functional expertise more effectively

It magnifies and activates other skills and is a catalyst for learning and building new skills faster. 

Skills And Meta-Skills

Skills are temporary; meta-skills are permanent.

Learning a second language gives you a skill, a learned ability. A meta-skill, on the other hand, is your ability to learn new languages. Developing that meta-skill, makes it easier to learn a third or a fourth tongue.

Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Living In a Transition Era

We live in an era of fast change. Recognizing that the work market is not easily predictable and developing our ability to understand and adapt to continuous change is critical to succeed in the 21st Century.

The Role Of Adaptability

Adaptability requires understanding reality, adapting our mindset and adopting new ways of working.

Adaptability is a competitive advantage — it increases your chances to thrive in change. Research shows that adaptive teams procrastinate less, are more productive, creative and faster.

Three Meta-Skills Required To Develop Adaptability

  1. Self-awareness: to know oneself and to understand reality and others.
  2. Creativity: to develop new ideas, improvise and solve complex problems.
  3. Resilience: ability to face adversity and recover from failure  or discover new solutions.

Self-Awareness

It means having an accurate view of our capabilities and shortcomings and of how others see us. This is critical to develop self-acceptance, what drives self-esteem, thus alleviating conflicts with others.

Self-awareness encourages us to lead ourselves with authenticity and integrity — and in turn, better lead others. Teams with high self-awareness make better decisions, interact better with each other and manage tensions and conflicts more effectively.

The Scarcity Self-Awareness

90% of people believe they are self-aware but only 15% of them actually are. That’s an indicative that most people rather than accepting what’s going on, act on denial.

Resisting reality leaves us stuck, while accepting it leads to action. We can't always change what’s happening in the world, but we can change how we react. Accepting reality is focusing our attention on what happened rather than on what we wish should have occurred.

The Role Of Empathy In Organizations

Organizations with a deficit on empathy have inferior collaboration and teamwork. 

Being unable to step out of what’s happening to oneself, diminishes our ability to listen and understand other’s point of views. Empathy is vital to embrace diversity of thinking and thrive in change.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

Creativity

Creativity is about exploring new ways of solving problems. As our reality changes at an accelerated pace, creativity becomes a more widespread requirement in the workplace. 

Formal or corporate education must begin to encourage, and train, creativity.

Components Of Creativity

  • Improvisation: finding an unusual solution to a problem.
  • Problem-solving: expanding your thinking to consider anything that could work as a solution.
  • Innovation: to adopt a new mindset in order to create an alternative — to embrace experimentation over perfection, empathy over egos and doing over planning. 

Level 1 Thinkers vs. Deep Thinkers

  • Level 1 Thinkers: those who refuse to consider other viewpoints, thought processes, or arguments.
  • Deep-Thinkers: those who take a slow, deliberate, focused and reflective approach to solving complex problems.

Resilience

To be resilient is to have the mental strength to live under constant uncertainty and keep trying after failures. 

Resilience is a meta-skill that can be developed and it requires experimentation, learning and overcoming failures. 

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

“Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work.”

Developing Resilience

Our brains are wired for certainty, in its absence we speculate to fill the gaps. Preparing your team to embrace uncertainty requires rewiring their brains.

Support and coaching are critical to developing resilience — reverse mentoring can help your team members support each other.

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Reading and continuous learning

Reading is one of the best sources of continuous learning. It allows your mind to grow, change and make new connections.

Highly successful learners read a lot: Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day, according to his brother. Bill Gates reads 50 books per year. Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks. Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports.

Learning as a process 

Learning is a journey, not a destination. It's a process of self-discovery, fueled by curiosity.

Learning is an investment that usually pays for itself in increased earnings. And in a fast-changing world, the learning skills quickly is becoming a necessity.

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Skills Needed In Digital Leaders

  • Work together, complement each other, and function as a team.
  • Able to operate on and enable environments that are more dynamic, team-centric, and connected.
  • Lead and build teams and partner with the broader ecosystems, keep people connected and engaged, and drive a culture of innovation, learning, and continuous improvement.
  • Lead a workforce that includes contractors, the contingent workforce, and crowd talent.
  • Understand how different business functions, industries, and technologies come together to form solutions.
  • Comfortable and competent with risk-taking.

Demographics And Leadership Destiny

Millennials expect to be developed via opportunities, mentoring, and stretch assignments. However that is hard to come by in top-heavy companies. 

Most millennials think their roles provide little development while most companies report they have excellent or adequate programs for Millennials.

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Managers vs. leaders

While managers' objectives include providing a more stable organization of the enterprise as a whole, leaders are more driven by the idea of setting new and challenging directions, that coul...

Overconfident leaders

Nowadays, we tend to believe that individuals showing too great self-confidence behave this way mainly because they are more qualified than others to get a leadership position. 

However, it is often soon afterwards that we come to realize that those very same persons are not competent enough, but only rather narcissistic.

A successful leader

Successful leaders do not only have to work hard, but they should also bear in mind the importance that a motivated team can have in the company's growth. 

Moreover, enterprises that encourage the development of their own young employees to positions of leadership get to know profit for longer periods of time.

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