Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Back, and Skills to master

I'm back! It's been a disgraceful absence, as far as this blog is concerned. Sorry about that. What can I say? I've been having some trouble keeping up. (Just the simple logistics of everything I have to do.) Ho, hum.

Anyhow, I finally got my hands on a copy of A Thomas Jefferson Education from the library, and I finally finished reading it. I have a number of thoughts about it, but it's late and I need sleep. (OH, how I need sleep!) There is however, something I particularly wanted to share: a list in the book that's originally from the Harvard School of Law.

Harvard Skills
10 things deemed necessary for success in the job market of the 21st century

1) The ability to define problems without a guide.

2) The ability to ask hard questions which challenge prevailing assumptions.

3) The ability to quickly assimilate needed data from masses of irrelevant information.

4) The ability to work in teams without guidance.

5) The ability to work absolutely alone.

6) The ability to persuade others that your course is the right one.

7) The ability to conceptualize and reorganize information into new patterns.

8) The ability to discuss ideas with an eye toward application.

9 & 10) The ability to think inductively, deductively and dialectically.

I leave you with that this evening, because it is well worth pondering.

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And, for fun!

I've missed you all. I'll try not to stay away so long. :)


Kyddryn said...

Oh, terrific, I can't do most of those. So instead, I'm a mum. afraid??

Rick said...

I guess those are nine good reasons why I would make a bad business man.