Potential Is All About Executive Function Skills

HBR babyExecutive Function Skills pop up everywhere, even if they go by other names.

Today, a growing number of employers are striving to find the right talent for their organizations, and a bevy of articles and books on the topic have been published recently to provide some help.

Here at Mind in the Making, we’ve always known succeeding in life is all about the basic life skills, aka executive function skills, and learning these skills can only enhance how employers view potential employees in our workforce and in the workforce of the future

An article in the recent Harvard Business Review titled 21st Century Talent Spotting: Why potential now trumps brains, experience,  and competencies, outlines the four hallmarks of potential, and all four are actually executive function skills in disguise.

1. Curiosity: a penchant for seeking out new experiences, knowledge, and candid feedback and an openness to learning and changing.

Executive function skill: Self-directed and engaged learning.

2. Insight: the ability to gather and make sense of information that suggests new possibilities.

Executive function skill: Critical thinking.

3. Engagement: a knack for using emotion and logic to communicate a persuasive vision and connect with people.

Executive function skill: Communicating.

4. Determination: the wherewithal to fight for difficult goals despite challenges and to bounce back from diversity.

Executive function skill: Taking on challenges.