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How to develop your capability at work – Part 2

Posted: October 20, 2016 at 10:19 am | Author: Chris Davies

The only thing an employer wants to know about you is whether you have the capability to do the job. In part 2 of our blog we look at how to prove you can.

Knowing how to develop your capability to do your job is key to releasing the potential you have within. It is key to mastery of and competence in what you do.

Everything you do to get a job and progress at work, from submitting a successful job application form to securing a successful outcome from your job interview, has to do with demonstrating that you are capable of doing the job.

And afterwards, once you’ve started working, you must continue to demonstrate your capability to do your job to managers, work colleagues, clients and more.

That was the topic of part one of this blog on Why you need to build personal capability. Now, in part two, we are going to look at exactly how to build personal capability.

Understand the make-up of your personal capability

When it comes to learning at work, no one starts off at the same place says people development expert professor Richard Dealtry, even if they are doing the same job and getting the same pay.

This is because each one of us followed our own unique path to get to the place where we are. Along that path we will have had different things that influenced us via our families, education, work experiences and social environments. In order to build your personal capability, you need to recognise how each of these areas played a role in shaping your skills and who you are, what you know, what you are interested in and what you want to do.

Take accountability for yourself

Do not leave the development of your capability to chance. Recognise that you are responsible for your own development. You must move out of that passive learning mindset of the university lecture room and into the savvy learning environment of the corporate ‘classroom’.  Don’t sit there waiting for something to happen; make it happen.

Of course, the company you work for will provide some support as they have a vested interest in ensuring you are adequately trained to do your job. However, you should not rely entirely on this as the only source of your development but be proactive in finding out what you need and in making sure you get it.

Stay focused

There are many workplace distractions that can hinder your progress and waste your time so you end up not focusing on the right things. This includes the oversupply of information, competing priorities and interruptions from colleagues who are more interested in socialising than working, so you need to become efficient at knowing what to note and what to ignore. This will ensure the right deployment or your energy and time on the tasks that are going to help build your personal capability.

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