One of the most important core management skills and competencies to develop, that would highlight you as an employee during your performance appraisal assessment, is the measure of how action oriented you are. If you analyze people in the higher management and the journey they took to get where they are, you will find a common quality of them being action oriented. In the following section, we will be discussing about what we should do and what we shouldn’t to be action oriented.
Core Management Skills and Competencies
- Procrastination: To strike a chord with the development of your core management skills and competencies, it is not going to help if you wait until the last day of your deadline to get your tasks at hand done. Common! Your teachers have been preparing you for this most of your lives with those surprise quizzes. Although, you may think that you work best under pressure, you may have major fallbacks and may tend to miss important information, deadlines and performance targets which will hit hard on your performance appraisal assessment. Schedule your tasks to fit in everyday and keep enough buffer time to go through your task before handing it in.
- Perfectionist: Everyone knows that high you feel when you have gotten everything right, so much so that the task you completed is perfect! Although a good quality, that high is going to get addictive and addiction to anything is only going to take you down the hill at some point. If you are a perfectionist, you may think that it is going to be applauded during your performance appraisal assessment, however, on the contrary you may also find it hard to delegate, may take more than the time given to you and maybe responsible for stopping the action around you. A core management skill and competency to be able to work as a team and delegate work is often dented by perfectionists and the higher management is not going to praise a one man show, especially if it is an inefficient one.
- Analytical: If you are the kind of person who can’t make a decision quickly and needs all the facts before making a decision, you lack some major core management skills and competencies. Most people in the higher management are faced with difficult situations which require fast paced decisions and the inability to do that will be duly noted in your performance appraisal assessment. Learn to make quick yet reasonable decisions with the knowledge of the situation in hand otherwise, you will come across as an indecisive person and no organization would want to be lead by an indecisive leader.
- Confidence: Confidence is key to be action oriented in your career. Most people are afraid to take the stage because they are scared to be shot down. However, among other core management skills and competencies, being confident is often forgotten as the most important requirement. You cannot implement anything if you are not going to be confident in a cut throat brutal world. If you pitch your ideas and work with the utmost confidence, people may even believe you actually are a super hero! Your aura of confidence is going to get you noticed by the higher management and maybe even reflected in your performance appraisal assessment!
- Take the risk: Nobody who wasn’t courageous enough to fail to great extents ever achieved greatness! If you are a person who goes by the books and keeps away from the very thought of being in a hot zone, you are missing out on two very important joys of life- conquests and the thrill of conquering. Taking big risks may not be a great idea, atleast not so big that you may lose everything, however, start off small and make small choices that you may think is risky but not impossible. You may be surprised of your achievements from those little decisions and it will surely show in your performance appraisal assessment. You will also be seen as a valuable employee who goes an extra mile and takes risks for the organization.
- Commit: It isn’t enough to come to work and do the bare minimum and get back home. Maybe you have made a work and personal life balancing decision, however, the core management skills and competencies that are required to climb up a career ladder needs you to be initiative and committed to the organization just as much as you would be in your personal life. If your ambition is to get up that ladder and be recognized time and again in the performance appraisal assessment, you may want to put your mind and a little bit of heart into your work.
- Be a team player: Taking action in major business tasks or decisions is not a one man show. Pull out your marketing skills and get your peers and bosses involved in your thought processes. Use the bargaining skills you learnt at the market at work and you will be surprised how your thought process is conveyed to the others and how you have so easily turned into an influencer. As influential person, it would be easier to take action with the help and support of your peers and bosses and also, not to forget, influencing abilities are a great addition to your core management skills and competencies.
- Get Organized: You know that feeling when you don’t have a single matching pair of socks? Wouldn’t it have just been easier to get a designated sock drawer and a sock laundry bag instead of going out and buying new socks every month? Work is just as tedious and unnecessarily hectic if you aren’t organized. Taking action requires you to be designing assignments for yourself and for your peers and that would be almost impossible if you are not organized. If you can’t make a schedule, you might forget important information or fail to hand out important information. Learn the skill of organization and your action oriented work ethics will be implemented ‘oh so well!’ and as a bonus, you will have all your matching socks too!
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what you want from your career and how much do you want it. Working on certain core management skills and competencies will help you get there. The information above are the key factors that could help you get where you need to go, however, it is not everything you need to do. Most organizations have their own set of core managements skills and competency lists and your growth in your career is subjective to that. The best thing to do is to source these requirements from your human resources department, before you start the process of self-improvement.