AchieveWORKS Skills
Skills and Skill Facets with definitions

Introduction
The graphs in the report are simply a guide to help people determine which skills to work on and which are important for your career goals. They should not be used for individuals to compare themselves to other people.

Skills and Skill Facets 
A skill is a complex ability that is made up of several skill facets. There are a total of five higher-order skills and 15 skill facets. The relationship between skills and skill facets are shown below. Note that some skill facets are part of more than one skill.

Developing Skills 
Individuals typically have some stronger skills and some less strong. The report provides recommendation for developing all skills and skill facets, some tagged as basic and some as advanced. There are also examples provided for putting the recommendation into action.

Creativity

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Driven by a desire to explore different ideas and experiences, people with this skill seek new and original ways to express themselves. They tend to be more resilient and sincere as they present their unique ideas despite judgement or social expectations.

  • Innovation
    Unconventional, experimental — not afraid to be disruptive — those who are innovation-oriented excel at brainstorming and developing novel ideas.

  • Sincerity
    Genuine and truthful, those with sincerity present themselves as is — without exaggeration or trying to impress others. They willingly admit to their faults and when they have been wrong.

  • Resilience
    Optimistic, tough and determined, those with resilience adapt to difficulties and bounce back from stressful situations.

  • Achievement
    Competitive in nature, those who are achievement-oriented set high standards, enjoy tough challenges, and strive for constant improvement.

  • Curiosity
    Inquisitive and endlessly interested in a wide variety of topics. Those with curiosity are eager to learn, solve puzzles, and have new experiences.

Conscientiousness

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Focus and organization, and completing tasks in a timely, thorough manner, are the hallmarks of this skill. It also involves self-regulation, allowing one to create and follow plans and accomplish specific goals. Guided by a sense of practicality, the conscientious individual makes efficient use of resources and exhibits modesty in valuing others’ contributions.

  • Discipline
    Committed, focused, comfortable with rules and routine, those with discipline set goals, make plans, and have the will to follow them through.

  • Thoroughness
    Careful and conscientious, those with thoroughness pay attention to detail and take pains to ensure things are done properly and completely.

  • Organization
    Systematic and orderly, those who are organization-oriented are good at managing time, tasks and resources in a structured way.

  • Modesty
    Those with high modesty tend to avoid the spotlight and see themselves as equals rather than deserving of special recognition or reward. They recognize that their achievements are a result of many factors including effort, fortune, and the help of others.

  • Practicality
    Sensible, prudent and realistic, those with practicality dislike unnecessary waste and expense, preferring instead to focus on economy and expediency.

Social-Emotional

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This skill is founded on the ability to work with others in a positive and productive manner. That includes connecting with people in a genuine and sincere way, being considerate of their needs and tolerant of differences. It also requires self-awareness, to understand how one’s actions affect other people.

  • Self-Awareness
    Reflective and conscious of their thoughts and behavior, those who are self-aware are mindful of how they affect others and think before acting.

  • Sociability
    Friendly, outgoing and easy to get along with, those with sociability enjoy meeting others and seek out opportunities to interact with lots of different people.

  • Sincerity
    Genuine and truthful, those with sincerity present themselves as is — without exaggeration or trying to impress others. They willingly admit to their faults and when they have been wrong.

  • Resilience
    Optimistic, tough and determined, those with resilience adapt to difficulties and bounce back from stressful situations.

  • Consideration
    Supportive and caring, those with consideration are mindful of others’ feelings and attentive to their needs.

Leadership

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Inspiring others, managing people and projects, and building and maintaining a network of contacts are all aspects of this skill. It also includes decisiveness — and accepting any consequences that may result — along with a capacity to tolerate stress.

  • Sociability
    Friendly, outgoing and easy to get along with, those with sociability enjoy meeting others and seek out opportunities to interact with lots of different people.

  • Resilience
    Optimistic, tough and determined, those with resilience adapt to difficulties and bounce back from stressful situations.

  • Confidence
    Assertive and self-assured, those with confidence tend to have a positive attitude and express their thoughts well through public speaking.

  • Influence
    Charismatic and decisive, those with influence persuade, guide and motivate others to adopt certain ideas and behaviors.

  • Achievement
    Competitive in nature, those who are achievement-oriented set high standards, enjoy tough challenges, and strive for constant improvement.

Critical Thinking

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A knack for gathering, evaluating and understanding information is core to this skill, which is key to making rational decisions and creating solutions. Critical thinkers also require self-awareness, to recognize their biases and to be aware of their influence on people and situations.

  • Self-Awareness
    Reflective and conscious of their thoughts and behavior, those who are self-aware are mindful of how they affect others and think before acting.

  • Modesty
    Those with high modesty tend to avoid the spotlight and see themselves as equals rather than deserving of special recognition or reward. They recognize that their achievements are a result of many factors including effort, fortune, and the help of others.

  • Achievement
    Competitive in nature, those who are achievement-oriented set high standards, enjoy tough challenges, and strive for constant improvement.

  • Practicality
    Sensible, prudent and realistic, those with practicality dislike unnecessary waste and expense, preferring instead to focus on economy and expediency.

  • Curiosity
    Inquisitive and endlessly interested in a wide variety of topics. Those with curiosity are eager to learn, solve puzzles, and have new experiences.