Bob Goldman

Must-have skill No. 3 is "flexibility." That's right -- you need to learn the skill of learning new skills. This makes sense to me since jobs can change over time. Sometimes they can even disappear. But it is likely that in 2013, you will have to adjust to a whole new crop of lamebrain managers, since the lamebrain managers brought in to save the business in 2012 will certainly be fired by then. You also have to be ready for radical changes in your workday routine. What if the snack machine no longer has your favorite candy or your favorite nap spot gets discovered? Workers in 2013 must be flexible to such devastating changes. Start now by exploring for new nap spots and by stockpiling candy in your file cabinet. If you have no room, throw out your files.

"Productivity improvement" is skill No. 4, with the advisory firm, the Corporate Executive Board, reporting that "executives are looking for a 20% improvement in employee performance next year from current levels." No problem! Since your productivity is currently about 1 percent of your capabilities, it shouldn't be difficult to boost your performance to 21 percent, at least, when the boss is in the building.

Interestingly, even the corporate elite, the hiring managers, will have to up their game.

"The ability to spot talent and hire people has fallen out of use over the last several years," says Ben Dattner, an organizational psychologist. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who has looked at your current management team. According to Dattner, "companies have trimmed the fat, and now they have to build the muscle."

This is very good news. All you have to do is to hang on through 2013 while the muscle-building exercise is going on. By 2014, companies will once again be looking to hire flab, and that, baby, is where you shine.

Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at


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