The T structure was an easy way to understand how to grow skills
Step one: add your core skills. The core skills are the fundamental skills for you to meet the expectations of your role or job responsibility.
Step two: add your wing skills. The wing skills are the disciplines-related skills you need to collaborate and communicate across disciplines and specialties.
Step three: add stars. Add two stars in the most important skill areas for your growth — one core skill and one wing skill to mark where you’d like to grow in the next three months.
Grow with a strategy in mind. Think about what core skills you need to do your job and fulfill the responsibilities for the role have.
Keep an open mind. You might have some unrecognized wing skills that can be a great area for growth.
Don’t boil the ocean. Growth takes focus and time. If you try to grow too many skills at the same time, you will lose focus and will not be able to give the attention needed to reach a good growth outcome.
Consider design growth dimensions. Each company has areas of focuses that make their business unique and successful. These could be the aspects of the company mission as well.
Without goals, we will just like a boat sailing in the ocean without a direction or distinction. Without focus, even arrived at a destination, we can’t truly experience the meaning behind it. Without a deadline, we will drag on and lose the desire to see the world.
by Jenny Hsiao Sanchez in How to grow your T and gain skills