• Why (How) to Think in Skills…

    I have always had a broad perspective of skills, often depicting them as the foundation of learning and verb of knowledge (phases I have used over the years). I understand my perspective is not shared by everyone (yet), though it is gaining momentum. Thought it might be useful to make a case for my all-in… Continue Reading

  • Competency Based Learning

    Competency Based Learning (“CBL”) has been talked about in education and higher education as an efficient, effective way of learning for many years now.  CBL is efficient by letting student move on when they can prove a desired competency; learning evaluations are less dependent on how much time is spent in a classroom and the… Continue Reading

  • Use Career Planning To Find Happiness

    Why are so many Americans unhappy with their jobs? I watched the NBC nightly news and heard the following: Americans seem to hate their jobs in record numbers today. Gallup surveyed 150,000 workers. Only thirty percent are into their jobs. Fifty-two percent openly admit they are not. And eighteen percent say they are actively disengaged,… Continue Reading

  • Stepping Stone Jobs

    I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how underemployment is going to remain persistent even as the economy recovers.[i] Underemployment refers to skilled workers doing jobs that do not require their level of education. For example, someone who recently graduated with a degree in marketing who is working in a coffee… Continue Reading

  • Learning Methodologies

    There are ways to apply a skill using different methodologies, something developed by experts who have practiced and tuned them through iteration in their experiences. You might learn a methodology while taking a course in college, though they are usually theoretical and teach you the overarching principles. So the best ways to learn methodologies are… Continue Reading

  • Finding a Mentor

    Learning from a mentor is a very powerful way to build an expertise with a skill for many reasons. First and foremost, you are a recipient of a wealth of knowledge from an interpersonal relationship; there is value in hearing candid responses and stories about a mentor’s experiences – things not easily passed along in… Continue Reading

  • Assessments As You Build Skills

    One of the most important aspects of the building stage in a skills based approach is to assess how well you are learning or building an expertise with the skills in your skill set. As you execute the actions from your skill set plan (from the planning stage), you assess your capabilities of learning the… Continue Reading