February 4, 2011 / 2:17 PM / 9 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Widen your skills, stay relevant

Kester the Jester juggles on his way to winning an audition for the first state-employed professional jester in Britain since the 17th century in Warwickshire. REUTERS/Mike Finn-Kelcey

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The skills that made you successful probably won’t be the same forever, so it pays to actively seek opportunities to develop new skills and expand your networks, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http://www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“The world of work changes quickly. The skills that make you successful today probably won’t be the same forever. This means that whatever your specialty, it’s at risk of being outdated soon. You don’t need a crystal ball to see what skills you’ll need in the future.

Instead, actively seek out opportunities that allow you to develop new skills, gain different experiences, and expand your networks.

You may not need to open multiple career paths right now, but doing this will create more alternative futures.

Don’t forget to think about what value these new skills bring to your organization. Being valuable is another way to expand your future options.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “A To-Do List for the CEO of Your Career” by Cathy Benko.

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