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Basic Skills: Reads, writes, performs arithmetical and mathematical operations, listens, and speaks

1. Reading—locates, understands, and interprets written information in prose and in documents such as manuals, graphs, and schedules
2. Writing—communicates thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing; and creates documents such as letters, directions, manuals, reports, graphs, and flow charts
3. Arithmetic/Mathematics—performs basic computations and approaches practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical techniques
4. Listening—receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages and other cues
5. Speaking—organizes ideas and communicates orally

Thinking Skills: Thinks creatively, makes decisions, solves problems, visualizes, knows how to learn, and reasons

1. Creative Thinking—generates new ideas
2. Decision Making—specifies goals and constraints, generates alternatives, considers risks, and evaluates and chooses best …

The Five Competencies

Resources: Identifies, organizes, plans, and allocates resources

1. Time—selects goal-relevant activities, ranks them, allocates time, and prepares and follows schedules
2. Money—uses or prepares budgets, makes forecasts, keeps records, and makes adjustments to meet objectives
3. Material and Facilities—acquires, stores, allocates, and uses materials or space efficiently
4. Resources—assesses skills and distributes work accordingly, evaluates performance, and provides feedback

Interpersonal: Works with others

1. Participates as Member of a Team—contributes to group effort
2. Teaches Others New Skills
3. Serves Clients/Customers—works to satisfy customers' expectations
4. Exercises Leadership—communicates ideas to justify positions, persuades and convinces others, responsibly challenges existing procedures and policies
5. Negotiates—works toward agreements involving exchange of resources, resolves divergent interests
6. Works with Diversity—works well with men a…

Essential PR Skills

1. Sweat the small stuff. PR people are problem solvers. We’re i-dotters and t-crossers. We make sure the reporter has the background, and the VP has the right numbers. If the event requires a microphone, mariachi band or glockenspiel, we find it and get it there. We listen — and make sure the message comes across, and make sure it isn’t misunderstood. My dad liked to tell us kids, “don’t sweat the small stuff” when we’d get too riled up on the details and lose sight of the big picture. A core PR skill is to do just that — so others don’t have to sweat it.
2. Know your audience. Who do you want to hear your story? What do you want them to do? You’d be surprised at how many communicators and marketers have trouble answering this simple question.
3. Know the media. PR people need to be experts on who’s wielding influence for that audience. Otherwise, how do you know what stories will work and won’t? There are too many PR people read the paper, but they don’t follow news onlin…

Essential MBA Skills

* Leadership
* Teamwork
* Problem solving and analytical skills
* Initiative
* Adaptability to change
* Interpersonal and communication skills
* Strategic thinking and planning abilities
* Global orientation
* Ability to leverage technology
* Time management and project management skills
* Prior history of results and progressive experience

Function-specific Skills Based on Concentrations & Key Functions

Corporate Finance

* Quantitative skills
* Basic understanding of accounting and financial management principles
* Ability to interpret numbers and draw conclusions from results of various financial strategy changes
* Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks


* Evidence of solid intellectual capacity
* Ability to elicit information from others and to synthesize that information into a cohesive story
* Strong listening skills
* Ability to communicate with all levels of management, from line managers to the CEO

Ten Ways to Improve Your Interpersonal Skills

Don’t discount the importance of interpersonal skills in the workplace. How you are perceived by your manager and coworkers plays a large role in things as minor as your day-to-day happiness at the office and as major as the future of your career.

No matter how hard you work or how many brilliant ideas you may have, if you can’t connect with the people who work around you, your professional life will suffer. The good news is that there are several concrete things that you can do to improve your social skills and become closer to your colleagues. All of these tools will ultimately help you succeed in today’s working world.

Try these 10 helpful tips for improving your interpersonal skills:

1. Smile. Few people want to be around someone who is always down in the dumps. Do your best to be friendly and upbeat with your coworkers. Maintain a positive, cheerful attitude about work and about life. Smile often. The positive energy you radiate will draw others to you.
2. Be appreciative. Find…

10 Skills You Need to Succeed at Almost Anything

What does it take to succeed? A positive attitude? Well, sure, but that’s hardly enough. The Law of Attraction? The Secret? These ideas might act as spurs to action, but without the action itself, they don’t do much.

Success, however it’s defined, takes action, and taking good and appropriate action takes skills. Some of these skills (not enough, though) are taught in school (not well enough, either), others are taught on the job, and still others we learn from general life experience.

Below is a list of general skills that will help anyone get ahead in practically any field, from running a company to running a gardening club. Of course, there are skills specific to each field as well – but my concern here is with the skills that translate across disciplines, the ones that can be learned by anyone in any position.

1. Public Speaking
The ability to speak clearly, persuasively, and forcefully in front of an audience – whether an audience of 1 or of thousands – is one of the most importan…