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The Skill-Will matrix

Last week, I was thinking of a new topic that includes 4 dimensions: ability (I can), willingness (I want to), permission (I may), and execution (I do). My research revealed the (unfamiliar) Skill-Will matrix that appears to have been developed by McKinsey & Company for Identifying employee skill gaps.

Of those 4 dimensions above, willing and able are the most important ones. Hence, only 2 dimensions in my diagram (left).

The green box in the upper right corner presumes existing permission and subsequent execution.

To some extent, my 2021 blog I cannot, I may not, I don’t want to is about the same topic.

The focus in my 2021 blog was on all types of relationships: employer-employee, parents-children, teacher-student, and husband-wife.

In my experience, a (very) small minority is in the red left-lower corner box. A large majority is situated in the top (yellow-green) line. It’s hard to quantify the (yellow) lower-right corner box. Any organization has some people who are skilled in keeping up appearances that they want to cooperate.

A different perspective on the above are the nine Belbin team roles, like coordinator, plant, shaper, specialist, and team worker (eg, Belbin, Wiki). Any team needs the various ingredients for finding a proper mix. In other words: not everyone can be in the green upper-right corner box.

Mid February 2023, Mariana Mazzucato, an economist at University College London, dropped a bombshell in a Financial Times interview: “The McKinseys and the Deloittes have no expertise in the areas that they’re advising in”. I’m glad the “truth” is finally out. To a large extent, I agree with her.

Some interesting quotes on teams:

  1. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton
  2. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
  3. “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
  4. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
  5. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson

The A Team (2011) by Birdy (cover song)
original song by Ed Sheeran
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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