The Info List - Skills

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A SKILL is the ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time , energy , or both. Skills can often be divided into domain general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management , teamwork and leadership , self -motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be useful only for a certain job . Skill usually requires certain environmental stimuli and situations to assess the level of skill being shown and used.

People need a broad range of skills in order to contribute to a modern economy . A joint ASTD and U.S. Department of Labor study showed that through technology , the workplace is changing, and identified 16 basic skills that employees must have to be able to change with it.


* 1 Labor skills * 2 Life skills * 3 People skills * 4 Social skills * 5 Soft skills * 6 Hard skills * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links


Main article: Skill (labor)

Skilled workers have long had historical import (_see_ Division of labor ) as electricians , masons , carpenters , blacksmiths , bakers , brewers , coopers , printers and other occupations that are economically productive. Skilled workers were often politically active through their craft guilds .


Main article: Life skills

Life skills are problem-solving behaviors that are used appropriately and responsibly in the management of personal affairs. They are a set of human skills, acquired via learning (teaching ) or direct experience, that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life. The subject varies greatly depending on societal norms and community expectations.


Main article: People skills

According to the _Portland Business Journal _, people skills are described as:

* understanding ourselves and moderating our responses * talking effectively and empathizing accurately * building relationships of trust , respect and productive interactions.

A British definition is “the ability to communicate effectively with people in a friendly way, especially in business.” The term is not listed yet in major US dictionaries.

The term people skills is used to include both psychological skills and social skills , but is less inclusive than life skills .


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