Chad Levitt’s Must have skill sets for the new world of work echoes many of the themes on Knowledge Workers.

He tops his list with Social media and Web 2.0 know how while The ability to write effectively is in second place. He finishes his list of seven items with Having a platform, which is mainly an argument in favour of running a blog.

You need to have a home base that can be indexed by Google. You need a place where you have complete editorial control. The easiest way to do this is with a blog. Blogs can launch you into some exciting and interesting work. You need a platform.

Levitt is a salesman by trade. This shows in his focus, which is heavy on getting a high profile and less about delivering.
I’m indebted to David MacGregor who tweeted the reference to Levitt’s story.

2 thoughts on “Must have skills for new work

  1. Bill,

    Can you expand on the getting a high profile and less about delivering point you’re trying to make?

    BTW — creating a high profile and delivering go hand in hand. You cannot create a high profile without delivering results consistently.

    On the Web, you get found out quite quickly if you are all bark and no bite.

  2. Chad

    There’s plenty of difference between having a high profile and being an effective employee or knowledge worker.

    The two can go hand-in-hand, but this is not a given.

    Noise or profile can generate the appearance of delivering. This is particularly true in sales.

    Yet ultimately it is the quality of a person’s work that matters, not their personal promotional skills.

    For example, I’m an editor and publisher by trade. In my experience the noisy, high profile journalists are good a promoting their own brand but are rarely skilled writers or news gatherers.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert on sales or sales skills, so I guess you look at these things differently.

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