Throughout my career, I’ve had to wear multiple hats and cover multiple disciplines to be effective for the organization. Frustrating this was at times because specialty skills were not getting the nurturing I so passionately desired.
After 30 years in the corporate & non-profit world, I’ve come to realize however, that specialization can present an artificial ceiling to personal and professional development. Regardless of our title or position, we should never put a box around our responsibilities.
I’ve delved into Technical Support, Graphic Design & Publishing, Software Development, Marketing & Advertising, Social Services and even started several companies because I threw away the notion of specialization. Jack-of-All Trades is a title I now carry with pride and accomplishment; embracing new, unfamiliar things is now a preferred mode of operation.
I read an inspiring book recently called The Go Giver that states an important principle: Your true value is determined by how much more you give than what you are compensated for.
- Project Management – Manage People, Dates & Deadlines
- Account Management – Build & Maintain Relationships
- Event Coordination – Planning, Coordination & Execution
- Process & Policy Development – Make Simple from the Complex
- Public Speaking – Training or Presentation
- Copywriting – Marketing, PR & Technical
- Design & Layout – Print, Web, UX
- Creative Direction – Manage Creative People & the Creative Process
- Manufacturing – Ensure a Quality Final Product
- Research & Assessment – Assess & Identify the Best Solution
- Usability & Testing – Product Improvement
- Installation & Service – Front Line Technical Support
I have many hobbies including riding cruiser bikes, skateboarding, soccer, organic gardening, the 1980’s, old BMWs, vintage audio, thrift shopping and frisky felines – but only the cool cats, dig.