Tom Peters writes about the New Work Survival Skills for 2005. I found the following ones very interesting, I added my own comments to each regarding what each point means to me and how I derive these in my life and career. Thanks for the inspiration Tom!
Mastery! (Best/Absurdly Good at Something!) - Software, IT and Engineering is so big you need to specialize in something and being the “go to guy“ is the position to be in. Just don't be the GTG of a dead technology! (See “Passion for Renewal” below).
"Manage" to Legacy (All Work="Memorable" /"Braggable" WOW Projects!) - It's hard to pick your own projects in this industry, but it is possible to WOW with almost everything you do.
CEO/Leader/Businessperson/Closer (CEO, Me Inc. Period! 24/7!) - Be your own boss. Even if you work for a company with thousands of employees, taking on responsibility and driving your work will always get you ahead.
Mistress of Improv (Play a dozen parts simultaneously, from Chief Strategist to Chief Toilet Scrubber) - Sometimes you have to wear many hats (Coder, Architect, IT guy, DBA etc...). Get REALLY good at it.
Sense of Humor (A willingness to Screw Up & Move On) - Mistakes happen. Let them go but learn from them. Always have a backup plan!
Comfortable with Your Skin (Bring "interesting you" to work!) - Nobody likes a grouch or a know-it-all. Be interesting, but being interesting doesn't mean being weird for the sake of weird.
Intense Appetite for Technology (E.g.: How Cool-Active is your Web site? Do you Blog?) - Are you great at what you do? Show the world.
Embrace "Marketing" (Your own CSO/Chief Storytelling Officer) - Market yourself. Make people notice you, inside and outside of your company.
Passion for Renewal (Your own CLO/Chief Learning Officer) - Never stop learning.
Execution Excellence! (Show up on time! Leave last!) - Be the go to guy and be available. BUT don't waste your life for work!
What qualities speak to you? Check out the link above for Tom's full list.
Currently listening to: Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own - (05:09)
U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb