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Omono Okonkwo

Upgrade Your Work Skills as a Dynamic Force for Growth

By Omono Okonkwo​

Whether you are running a business or searching for a better job, skill acquisition is very important and has to drive every aspect of personal branding/ development.

Skill acquisition is particularly inevitable, especially now as we are in the age of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. A time when jobs and businesses are driven by; Internet of Things, robotics, virtual reality and artificial intelligence (AI).

The World Economic Forum presents the Fourth Industrial Revolution, using human relationships and impact.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about more than just technology-driven change; it is an opportunity to help everyone, including leaders, policy-makers and people from all income groups and nations, to harness converging technologies in order to create an inclusive, human-centered future.

Even further, the real opportunity is to look beyond technology, and find ways to give the greatest number of people the ability to positively impact their families, organizations and communities.

Looking at the quote from the World Economic Forum, how can you develop your skills so much that you, and everyone around you benefits from those skills?

The answer lies first off in what you find interesting and appealing or in what you want to consciously pursue because you believe it will get you what you want.  It is good you evaluate the benefits of the path you want to pursue and do just that. Do not assume that you cannot reach a certain goal because you lack the necessary skills needed to assume that position.

Understand that there is no skill that cannot be acquired. What you need is interest and a sustainable plan and actually following that plan through, no matter what.  Another fact you should always keep in mind is; the industry you intend to work out of does not matter if you do not have the following basic skills;

* Communication Skills (the ability to effectively pass, receive and understand messages).
* Articulation Skills (the ability to achieve clarity when speaking with others).
* Leadership Skills (the ability to carry everyone along no matter their social status, personal ideologies and positions).
* People Management Skills (the ability to understand and relate with others with logic and reason, not emotions).
* Basic Technology Skills (the ability to make use of simple and/or more complicated digital software packages and programmes to carry out work tasks).

As you go about taking steps to acquire new skills to fuel you dreams and passion, remember that change is the only constant in life.
In the business world and the workplace is no exception. On a daily basis, there are always disruptions. This means that skills that were in vogue two to three years ago, are now being upgraded.

Do your best to read and ask questions, so, you can stay up to date on skills needed in your industry and business. Develop a positive mindset that sees change as a dynamic force of innovation, creating a competitive advantage.

The business and workplace landscape is ever changing. Understand and accept this, and watch your career soar in ways you could not have imagined.

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