AchieveWORKS Skills
Skills and Skill Facets with definitions

Commitment

Icon CommitmentThe ability to commit to a set of principles and guidelines as part of a greater cause, commitment includes having a sense of modesty as well as practicality about your place within that cause. Optimism lets you retain a positive outlook, while resilience helps you deal with temptation and adversity. Commitment also requires a high degree of sincerity in one’s intentions, and the willingness to be thorough and follow through with those intentions.

  • Modesty – The degree to which one is simple and unassuming. Low scorers see themselves as exceptional and entitled to certain privileges. High scorers view themselves as ordinary people without any claim to special treatment.
  • Optimism – One’s typical energy and outlook. Low scorers don’t feel especially cheerful or dynamic, whereas high scorers have a consistent sense of positivity and high spirits.
  • Practical – Striving to use available resources effectively and avoid being wasteful. Low scorers prefer extravagance and may use resources for less practical purposes, such as comfort or status. High scorers are more cautious with resources and tend to spend carefully.
  • Principled – Sense of fairness and equality. Low scorers seek to gain by bending the rules and taking advantage of any opportunity. High scorers rigidly follow the rules and a common set of principles.
  • Resilience – A tendency not to worry in a variety of contexts. High scorers feel little stress in response to difficulties. Low scorers tend to become preoccupied by relatively minor problems.
  • Sincerity – The degree to which one is genuine and open in interpersonal relations. Low scorers may flatter others, act differently for certain audiences, or hide personal details that may be unpopular. High scorers avoid attempting to influence others and are candid about their own feelings and beliefs.
  • Thoroughness – Attention to detail and completeness. Low scorers tolerate small errors, overlook details or leave tasks incomplete. High scorers take time to check details carefully and carry tasks through to completion.

Creativity

icon creativityCreativity is driven by curiosity and the desire to seek out different ideas and experiences. Openness and receptiveness help you absorb information from all sources, without exception. You need innovation to apply observations and experiences in new ways. Confidence and optimism help you bring novel concepts to others, even when they may not be so willing to accept your creativity.

  • Confidence – Comfort in directing others and making decisions. Low scorers shy away from positions of leadership and responsibility for key decisions. High scorers are at ease leading new projects and representing large groups of people.
  • Curiosity – Seeking information and experience. Low scorers are less inquisitive and tend to learn only what is needed in the moment. High scorers pursue new skills and information whether necessary or not.
  • Innovation – An inclination to experiment and try new things. Low scorers prefer to rely on past experience, common methods and conventions. High scorers actively seek new ideas and methods, and often express themselves artistically.
  • Openness – Willingness to accept the unusual. Low scorers avoid eccentric or nonconforming persons and concepts, whereas high scorers are receptive to people and ideas that may seem strange or radical.
  • Optimism – One’s typical energy and outlook. Low scorers don’t feel especially cheerful or dynamic, whereas high scorers have a consistent sense of positivity and high spirits.
  • Receptiveness – Willingness to consider other viewpoints. Low scorers are seen as resistant or convinced of their own position. High scorers are more open, aware of their own biases, and able to empathize with people with different viewpoints.

Leadership

icon leadershipLeadership requires confidence, ambition and resilience, allowing you to take responsibility, make decisions and face the consequences of those decisions. It includes the ability to build and maintain an extensive network of contacts, and the optimism and charisma to motivate and persuade the members of your network. Leaders also need sincerity in order to gain trust.

  • Ambition – A willingness to take on difficult tasks and strive for constant improvement. Low scorers stick to what they know they can do, whereas high scorers thrive on challenge.
  • Charisma – Personal appeal and ability to influence others through communication. High scorers are usually well-liked and respected by others. Low scorers tend to have less influence and attract less attention.
  • Confidence – Comfort in directing others and making decisions. Low scorers shy away from positions of leadership and responsibility for key decisions. High scorers are at ease leading new projects and representing large groups of people.
  • Networking – An interest in conversation, social interaction and forming relationships. Low scorers generally prefer solitary activities, whereas high scorers seek to make and maintain contact with others.
  • Optimism – One’s typical energy and outlook. Low scorers don’t feel especially cheerful or dynamic, whereas high scorers have a consistent sense of positivity and high spirits.
  • Resilience – A tendency not to worry in a variety of contexts. High scorers feel little stress in response to difficulties. Low scorers tend to become preoccupied by relatively minor problems.
  • Sincerity – The degree to which one is genuine and open in interpersonal relations. Low scorers may flatter others, act differently for certain audiences, or hide personal details that may be unpopular. High scorers avoid attempting to influence others and are candid about their own feelings and beliefs.

Critical Thinking

icon thinkingInvolving a balance of many skill facets, critical thinking affects how you deal with information. A combination of planning, curiosity and thoroughness help you seek and find good information. Openness, modesty and receptiveness allow you to take in differing opinions and information at face value, without bias or distortion. Innovation is used to process the information and come up with a variety of solutions.

  • Curiosity – Seeking information and experience. Low scorers are less inquisitive and tend to learn only what is needed in the moment. High scorers pursue new skills and information whether necessary or not.
  • Innovation – An inclination to experiment and try new things. Low scorers prefer to rely on past experience, common methods and conventions. High scorers actively seek new ideas and methods, and often express themselves artistically.
  • Modesty – The degree to which one is simple and unassuming. Low scorers see themselves as exceptional and entitled to certain privileges. High scorers view themselves as ordinary people without any claim to special treatment.
  • Openness – Willingness to accept the unusual. Low scorers avoid eccentric or nonconforming persons and concepts, whereas high scorers are receptive to people and ideas that may seem strange or radical.
  • Planning – The tendency to reflect, make and follow plans. Low scorers react quickly without a lot of forethought and would rather improvise than follow a specific sequence. High scorers consider options, make plans and follow certain steps carefully.
  • Receptiveness – Willingness to consider other viewpoints. Low scorers are seen as resistant or convinced of their own position. High scorers are more open, aware of their own biases, and able to empathize with people with different viewpoints.
  • Thoroughness – Attention to detail and completeness. Low scorers tolerate small errors, overlook details or leave tasks incomplete. High scorers take time to check details carefully and carry tasks through to completion.

Social-Emotional

icon social-emotionalSocial-emotional skill involves the ability to work with others in a productive manner and requires you to be accepting of other people and their needs. Modesty allows you to view others as your equal and treat them with the same consideration you give yourself. Networking, perceptiveness, charisma and sincerity contribute to frequent and positive communications. Your receptiveness to new ideas helps others to feel included and valued. When dealing with difficult people and challenging situations, your resilience provides self-control and helps to keep stress levels in check.

  • Acceptance – The way in which one views and judges others. Low scorers tend to be critical, whereas high scorers are reluctant to judge others harshly.
  • Charisma – Personal appeal and ability to influence others through communication. High scorers are usually well-liked and respected by others. Low scorers tend to have less influence and attract less attention.
  • Modesty – The degree to which one is simple and unassuming. Low scorers see themselves as exceptional and entitled to certain privileges. High scorers view themselves as ordinary people without any claim to special treatment.
  • Networking – An interest in conversation, social interaction and forming relationships. Low scorers generally prefer solitary activities, whereas high scorers seek to make and maintain contact with others.
  • Perception – Attention to others’ needs and emotions. Low scorers take less notice of other people and may misinterpret their intentions. High scorers quickly and accurately sense others’ feelings and respond with sensitivity.
  • Receptiveness – Willingness to consider other viewpoints. Low scorers are seen as resistant or convinced of their own position. High scorers are more open, aware of their own biases, and able to empathize with people with different viewpoints.
  • Resilience – A tendency not to worry in a variety of contexts. High scorers feel little stress in response to difficulties. Low scorers tend to become preoccupied by relatively minor problems.
  • Sincerity – The degree to which one is genuine and open in interpersonal relations. Low scorers may flatter others, act differently for certain audiences, or hide personal details that may be unpopular. High scorers avoid attempting to influence others and are candid about their own feelings and beliefs.

Systems

icon systemsSystems requires the ability to organize, so that you can complete tasks and projects in a timely and thorough manner. It also involves the ability to create and follow plans in order to accomplish specific goals. Practicality contributes to the efficient use of resources, while being principled helps you to function within the rules of the system.

  • Organization – Degree to which one is orderly, especially in regard to their physical surroundings. Low scorers are less organized and may lose track of schedules and material things in their environment. High scorers keep things tidy and prefer a structured approach to tasks and everyday life.
  • Planning – The tendency to reflect, make and follow plans. Low scorers react quickly without a lot of forethought and would rather improvise than follow a specific sequence. High scorers consider options, make plans and follow certain steps carefully.
  • Practical – Striving to use available resources effectively and avoid being wasteful. Low scorers prefer extravagance and may use resources for less practical purposes, such as comfort or status. High scorers are more cautious with resources and tend to spend carefully.
  • Principled – Sense of fairness and equality. Low scorers seek to gain by bending the rules and taking advantage of any opportunity. High scorers rigidly follow the rules and a common set of principles.
  • Thoroughness – Attention to detail and completeness. Low scorers tolerate small errors, overlook details or leave tasks incomplete. High scorers take time to check details carefully and carry tasks through to completion.