Buzz words – often confusing “insider” terminology and jargon – are continually bombarding the business landscape. They tantalize professionals and executives with the promise of new solutions to old problems. “Knowledge Management”, "Optimization", "Alignment", “Organizational Effectiveness”, “Business Process Reengineering”, “Supply Chain Management” – there is constant stream of new “words of the month”.
Organizations chase the latest buzz word with hopes that it will be the silver bullet to solve their problems. It seldom does. And the cycle continues as they chase the next buzz word, next month.
Put your money where your mouth is. Reciting the latest colloquialism may create the
impression that you’re “in the know”, but you need to be able to take the next step. Professionals have to do more than just talk about information to be successful. You must use effective documentation to capture pertinent, practical information and turn it into something that brings real tangible value to your organization.
STOP chasing the latest buzz word! Start developing great practical business skills!
Practical Business Skills to Fight Off Buzz Words
Here are some of the practical skills that you should develop to ensure your value remains long after buzz words disappear:
- Documentation - While documentation does not sound as “sexy” as the latest buzz words, it still cuts through every one of them. The inherent value of documentation does not fluctuate based on the latest trend or buzz word. Master effective documentation skills and you will be highly valuable and sought-after in your field and your skills will take you to new and interesting opportunities.
- Analysis – Analysis is the ability to assess situations, diagnose issues, assess opportunities and come up with creative recommendations and solutions. Analysis skills are highly transferrable to different problems, industries and areas. How to develop them? Practice, practice, practice. Great analysis skills also demand stepping away from buzz words (Iand the myriad of templates that typically follow them) and thinking for yourself.
- Common Sense – Is this really a skill? Maybe not – but is it ever valuable nowadays in today’s business landscape. If a business idea would seem ridiculous or overkill if it were applied to your life, perhaps it isn’t such a good idea. Would you need a diagram to understand how to brush your teeth? Would you need a 10-year plan for your fitness regime? Would you need to hire someone to manage your personal banking?
- Communications – Communications skills are essential for ensuring that your documentation, analysis and common sense skills are showcased for what they are worth. Communications skills include the ability to write and speak effectively, but more importantly to connect with and engage stakeholders.