Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Avoiding skill rot

Skill rot is a very real problem for everyone in the web industry and I have often been confronted with this problem in helping team members develop and reach goals.

You experience skill rot when your skill levels remain the same, while the expected skill levels required from a person in your position keeps increasing, leaving you behind. what can we do to make sure we stay on top of the necessary skills we need, in order to be effective and successful in what we do?

First, determine what skills you are hoping to keep up-to-date. These may be project management, design, development, front end code, server administration; whatever they are, list them in order of your priorities. Always remember that no matter how hard you try, you'll never be the expert on everything. Be selective about what skills best complement your existing abilities, and what you truly need to invest time in learning. Learning new skills doesn't need to be a chore; make these up-skilling tasks an enjoyable part of your routine, and challenge yourself to learn more every month.

"Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, does, and teachers."
— Richard Bach (Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)


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