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Nurture 3 skills to be extraordinary

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in Leaders & Managers,Management Training,Office Management,Time Management

For those who want to be extraordinary at work, here’s a secret: Simply discover three things that you’re very good at, attributes that rank you in the top 25% of people.

That’s the advice of Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip “Dilbert.”

“I always advise young people to become good public speakers. Anyone can do it with practice,” Adams writes in his blog. “If you add that talent to any other, suddenly you’re the boss of the people who have only one skill.”

As for the other two skills to polish and perfect? Here are the most in-demand skills in the workplace, as identified by Careerbuilder.com. If you spy your natural strengths within this list, allow them to bubble up to become your extraordinary talents:

• Strong work ethic. Are you motivated to get the job done, whatever it takes?

• Good communication. Are you an articulate speaker and a good listener? Or do you labor over writing a three-sentence e-mail?

• Time management. Are you capable of prioritizing tasks, even when multiple deadlines hit at once?

• Problem-solving. Do you creatively solve problems as they arise? Or do you spend more time focusing on who caused the problem?

• Flexibility. Do you adapt to new situations and challenges? Or will you freeze like a deer in headlights?

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