Saturday, May 18, 2013

Re-Tooling Your Toolkit

Having tools in a toolkit; using them is another.

Tools are useful when you need them. When a problem is to be fixed, you locate your toolbox, and select your tool of choice. You then use the tool as prescribed on the problem you've identified.

Some of us have incomplete toolkits. Thus, when we need a certain tool it is not available. If we are knowledgeable, we might improvise yet these may not exactly attend to our specific problem. It may be a stop-gap measure; meaning, the problem may return at a latter date. A loose nut is a potential threat. Tighten it, or it slip loose one day - at a most unfortunate time.

Learning how to use tools are important if we are to solve our problem, and not damage the tool. Poor workmanship may arise from poor technical or handiwork skills. You can over-tighten a screw, wear out threads, bend a nail, scrap a slot, and much more. Knowledge and skill on how to operate a tool is critical if we are to become masters over our tools.

When assessing your value as a professional, list these down: knowledge, skills, experience, expertise, exposure, and relationships. These are part of your toolkit of talent, abilities and capabilities. Use your tools wisely and usefully.

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