That is the question raised (and answered) in this great post titled, What is Your Ideal Life Curriculum, from James BonTempo with an international health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In today's rapidly changing and increasingly complex world, you have to proactively manage your career (and life). James offers a great starting point for universal competencies that will benefit all of us.
James comes up with a great list that includes:
- Accept things you can't change
- Get along with others
- Accept & incorporate constructive feedback
- Ask the right questions
- Find, analyze & synthesize information
- Understand & describe dynamic and interconnected (i.e. complex) systems
- Take care of your body, mind & soul
- Be creative & imaginative
- Explore & experiment
- Design (graphic, product, instructional, software - whatever)
- Write or tell a good story
- Identify needs and opportunities
- Know how to learn and how to teach
Learn from your experiences (successes & failures)
I would add to this 1) learn by reading lots of interesting stuff; 2) Know thyself (understand who you are and how you interactt with the world); and 3) Stayon top of your profession.
I encourage your to read James full post here.
Did you know the CPA profession has a set of core competencies for the future?
We created this in our national CPA Vision project in 1998 and they were set for the year 2011 (and beyond):
- Communications & Leadership
- Strategic & Critical Thinking Skills
- Focus on the Customer, Client & Market
- Interpretation of Converging Information
- Technologically Adept
So do what is your ideal life curriculum?