We spoke once before about how, as a manager, you need to have strong technical skills in order to understand and monitor the jobs of your subordinates.
There is, however, another good reason to make sure you brush up on your technical skills. While no one wants to think about it, there is always a possibility that you may lose your management position.
What if your company decided to downsize? In some cases, a company will attempt to move a person whose position has been eliminated into a new one. What if that meant moving down a notch on the corporate scale? What if the only thing holding you back was the fact that you weren’t qualified because you never properly trained on the systems used by your organisation?
It’s time to evaluate your technical skills. Take a moment and make a list of all of the programs and machines used within your company. Be sure to include the basics, such as word processing and spreadsheet creation programs, as well as email applications. Can you effectively navigate your client or project database system?
If you answered NO to any of these questions, it’s time to get some additional technical skill training. I don’t want to hear that you just don’t have enough hours in the day. Learning the programs you really should already know could mean the difference between keeping your job and having to find a new one.
Is that a risk you’re willing to take?
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Originally published: 15 September, 2008