More Top Skills For Government Workers In 2013

Update on 01/07/2013

I can’t believe I left this off the list – Business Model You!

Building on the Lean Startup Model and the Business Model Canvas, BMY is a great visual thinking method to reevaluate your career and determine – on one page – what your skills are and how you bring value to your organization. I highly recommend taking at least a weekend to go through the BMY process and develop your own “Career Canvas.”


Back in January of 2012, I suggested ten skills that government employees would want to acquire for their career success. I still think that the following skills are still vital for 2013:

  1. Microstyle
  2. Digital Presentations
  3. Accessibility
  4. Project Management
  5. HTML5 and CSS3
  6. Adaptive Case Management
  7. Design Thinking
  8. Collaboration
  9. Customer Engagement
  10. Continuous Self-Learning

To those skills, you may want to add the following:

  • Visual Meetings, Visual Teams, and Visual Leaders – These are three books from David Sibbet that describe how use visual thinking methods to lead better meetings, lead high performing teams, and become better leaders. Here is the book trailer for Visual Leaders.
  • Data Science – You may not want to become a full-fledged data scientist but you should have some understanding of what data science is and its impact on your work.
  • Algorithms – Like data science, you don’t need to become deeply involved in the technical details of building algorithms. Even so, it is still useful for you understand the implications of understanding the impact of algorithms in today’s world. “If This, Then That” can give you a hands-on experience with using algorithms.

What do you recommend as the top 10 skills for government workers in 2013?

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and do not reflect the opinions of my employers or any organizations I belong to and should not be construed as such.

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