Do you have trouble identifying your strengths and weaknesses? As we mentioned before, even if you think know what you’re good at, the brain has a way of distorting your perception (the Dunning-Krueger effect), and you may very well be wrong. Luckily, a new article at the OPEN Forum by American Express mentions a simple but effective way to discover skills you may not have realized you have.
The simple answer to your problem: pay attention to what people ask of you.
While your own self-perception may suffer from issues of clarity, your strengths and weaknesses are regularly on display in the professional world and your peers, clients, and superiors are often in a better position to judge them. Start taking a mental notice or actually writing down the requests for help you receive in a day.
While many may fall into a primary skill you’re already aware of (writing a report if you’re already paid to be a writer), there will often be secondary skills that pop out: maybe someone wants you to make an introduction, settle a minor conflict, or read something aloud for them.
Now how will this knowledge save you time at work? Once you have a better understanding of your skills, you’ll know when you should take on a task on your own and when you should delegate to someone more capable. You’ll also may find you accomplish assignments involving your ‘secret skills’ more quickly, which will help you structure your day.
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