Whether you need to take on a new challenge, prepare yourself to become promotable, or enhance your performance at work, undertaking learning and development can help. You must continually be on the lookout for new talents to add to the vast fund of knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years and add to the reservoir of experiences from which to draw.
Some skills are critical to your success throughout your career and life. Chris Anderson recently suggested a set of vital topics that must be taught in school. Anderson is the founder and curator of the Ideas-Worth-Spreading TED conferences.
TED’s Chris Anderson propunds a “Syllabus of the Future”
- How to nurture your curiosity.
- How to Google intelligently and skeptically.
- How to manage your money.
- How to manage your time.
- How to present your ideas.
- How to make a compelling online video.
- The secret life of a girl.
- The secret life of a boy.
- How to build a healthy relationship.
- How to listen.
- How to calm an argument.
- Who do you want to be?
- How to train your brain to be what you want to be.
- 100 role models for the career you hadn’t thought of.
- How to think like a scientist.
- Why history matters.
- Books that changed the world.
- Why personal discipline is key to future success.
- How your reflective self can manage your instinctual self.
- How to defend the rights of people you care about.
- 10 hours with a kid on the other side of the world.
- The keys to a healthy diet.
- Why exercise matters.
- How generosity creates happiness.
- How immersion in nature eases stress.
- What are the questions no one knows the answer to?
Use his “Syllabus of the Future” list to evaluate your needs in development and educate yourself in a few selected topics. Design a development plan involving regular discussions, reading articles and books, watching instructional videos, attending courses offered by a professional association, and observing and apprenticing with a mentor proficient in the skill you seek.