Hi Dave :-) Interesting question, but I think there are some red
herrings in there. For example, "memory" isn`t a skill so it`s not
something you can develop like a skill. You can perhaps work with
mnemonics to develop a better way to use the memory, but that`s about
Flexibility, I`m thinking is more a personality trait? How do you develop flexibility?
Persistence too, is a personality trait. So I`m wondering if those really are skills that you can learn, y`know?
On the other hand, I would say computer skills are crucial,
particularly in spreadsheets and if possible, basic database
Another is the skill of communications---writing, speaking, and
rhetoric. We read about how schools used to require rhetoric and debate
as part of the curriculum, and these days, think it means political
Rhetoric is the field of language that involves persuasion. Debate is
the formal development of an argument. The two also need the skill of
logic and analysis. All sales and content written for a Web site rely
on the *skill* of rhetoric.
I think public speaking would come under the heading of skills,
particularly in the form of acting, body language, and entertainment.
The skill of telling a joke, for example, as an ice-breaker. That would
require the skill of timing.
Balancing priorities is a skill, and used all the time in logistics,
another skill. They could come under a higher skill of planning.
Perhaps the most important skill for an entrepreneur would be partly a skill, and partly an art: Triage.
The formal definition associates with sorting victims or severities of
injury, but it`s come to apply in business to the issue of sorting by
critical necessity. It`s not the same as planning, which takes place
prior to events. Triage, in this context, applies to sorting in
real-time, either with crises or with rapidly incoming information. An
example would be a flood of orders, a shortage of packing materials,
running out of raw materials, and a machine breakdown taking place
within hours of each other.
If you think about it, the skills needed by an entrepreneur are the
same as what human beings have had to develop to survive.
Unfortunately, in today`s complex and technological world, many people
can easily survive without any skill at all. Schools rarely teach
real-world survival skills, and most kids tend to believe that
everything "just happens."
The result is that people believe they need to learn "special" skills
to be an entrepreneur. Instead, they really only have to apply the
skills they should`ve learned growing up. :-)