Skill stacking - developing a special combination of skills


Combining different skillsets can provide substantial competitive advantages. It is extremely difficult to make it to the top of any specific skill, but way easier to develop a rare skillset. After all, in real life, there often is a need for a combination of a sufficiently high level of skills instead of a single, extremely fine-tuned one.

A collection of books. A little time. A lot of learning.
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  • Finding a hobby that is not related to your job or study will provide an opportunity to develop the skills that can widen your abilities. To select a suitable hobby, it makes sense to think which skills you would like to develop.
  • In the process of building a team, it often makes sense to look for people who can complement each other with their experience and skills.
  • If you manage to find a hobby or a study group that takes you in other social circles than your job does, it is more than likely to widen your understanding and social competence.
  • Every now and then, it can be useful to pick up a book and study a topic that does not typically belong to your wishlist. That can provide you surprising mental models and a broader perspective on the world.

Developing a variety of skills can provide more opportunities than merely focusing on one area of expertise.

Which nonfiction book you could read next, selecting one that is not typical for you?

How do the skills of your team members complement each other?