What are the skills of the 21st century

Which skills are important in the 21st century

Only companies that are active today will be successful in the future. The book “Competencies for the 21st Century” presents approaches for successful transformation and shows which skills are important. Bank blog readers have a chance to win a copy.

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We live in a world that is changing at a breathtaking pace. The predictability and predictability of events are more difficult than ever. The challenges in the workplace and in private life are becoming more complex - on the one hand due to the changed professional and private environment and on the other hand due to new variables such as mindfulness, sustainability and diversity. “One size fits all” is eroding, but the variety of combinations from the new and old world means a real wealth of options for aligning your own positioning on the market and the culture in your own company with the 21st century.

The pressure that is growing rapidly due to the dissolution of market-specific boundaries, demographic change, the climatic effects and the extensive technological areas of application is enormous for the individual organization, the manager and the employee. In the social as well as in the individual area, the challenges and opacity are increasing.

Five competencies for the 21st century

The focus is on the question of what skills employees and organizations need to understand what is going on around them? How can market participants find their way through the labyrinth of challenges of the 21st century? In the following I would like to give you my thoughts on this. Understand the competencies as cogwheels in the company that have to be actively lived and shaped. In addition to the subject-specific, I consider five competencies to be elementary in this interplay:

  1. Ability to innovate,
  2. Digitization ability,
  3. Ability to change,
  4. Responsibility as well
  5. Ability to work in a team.

Competencies for the 21st century - Sven Göth.

1. Ability to innovate

The classic incremental innovation logic, i.e. the step-by-step improvement of the status quo, is no longer sufficient to sustainably meet customer expectations. You need a strong ability to innovate within your organization.

2. Digitization capability

It is the yardstick by which the extent to which your company will manage to keep pace with change and competition will be measured in the future. In a globally networked world, it is important to connect information, exchange and processes in a meaningful way.

3. Ability to change

Only companies in which the management and executives are open to change will successfully tackle the transformation phase. The same goes for adaptability. It is often not the strongest or the most intelligent species that survive, but rather the one that manages to adapt to change the fastest.

4. Responsibility

Responsibility means having the courage to make decisions - because not making decisions becomes the greatest risk factor for your company!

5. Ability to work in a team

The ability to work in a team means, on the one hand, aligning managers to empower, inspire and encourage their employees. And on the other hand, being able to work in a team means preparing the entire organization so that teams in the 21st century no longer have to consist only of people or employees, but also of digital top performers.

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