Are you and your team members future proof? Deep knowledge only (I-shaped) experts are on their way out: specific knowledge can be bought. Experts with both in-depth expertise and broad general knowledge and skills however, are in demand. These are the T-Shaped Professionals, who combine their knowledge with both strong right and left brain skills, and the know-how to balance those effectively.
In the current, rapidly changing, service and experience focused, globalizing work environment it is no longer enough to be a one-trick pony: to have a specific expertise which you apply in a specific setting, for years. So say amongst others leading innovation and design firm IDEO CEO Tim Brown, bestselling author Daniel Pink and a range of international consultancy agencies and universities.
T-shaped Professional explained
The T-shaped concept is a metaphor for the depth and breadth in an individual’s skills set. The vertical bar on the ‘T’ represents the depth of skills and expertise in a single field. The horizontal crossbar represents the ability to collaborate across disciplines with experts in other areas and to apply knowledge in fields of expertise other than one’s own. For people who don’t have a background in (applied) social sciences or HR, this usually means fathoming the complementary, ‘soft’, right brain skills of e.g.: communication, empathy, team building, negotiation, leadership, creativity and the ability to collaborate. Combined with a thorough understanding of ME (knowing who I am and where I want to go).
Custom made program
Having been working as T-shaped experts, consultants, trainers and coaches in several fields ourselves for years, we know how to combine both deep expertise and broad knowledge in practice. And how to transfer that to you and your team. We will be happy to tailor make a program that specifically meets your goals, your needs and your learning styles.
We have been working as and with managers, lawyers, econometricians, risk managers, auditors, designers, IT and internet professionals. As well as and with people with other staff and business positions. Marketers, sales agents and communication professionals, for instance.
What the experts say about the value and importance of T-shaped Professionals:
People who are T-shaped are well-rounded and versatile. They are better able to contribute their ideas to a discussion and are able to take on a variety of roles.
Tim Brown, CEO leading innovation and design firm IDEO
People who own right-brain qualities, will rule in this century. Everything else can be done better or cheaper by means of a computer or someone in a lower-wage country.
Daniel Pink, bestselling author of A Whole New Mind
T-shaped Professional Training & Coaching
From our MBA, PhD, Open Innovator Bachelor and tailor made Incompany teachings, trainings and coaching we have composed a special training and coaching program, to help you and your expert team to become true, effective and sustainable T-shaped Professionals. Please mind that the overview below is just an example of possible trainings, workshops and coaching themes. For our T-shaped Professional Training & Coaching is based on customized Personalized Training and Practical Coaching.
The great value of
flexible in their mindset and approach to problems
able to view a problem from
more customer driven, stakeholder focused
able to take on a variety of roles
better able to contribute their ideas to a discussion
work more efficient in project teams
Leading organizations focus
on T-shaped Skills
Various international universities and consultancy firms focus on developing and recruiting professionals with T-shaped Skills. Michigan State University, University of Cambridge, McKinsey, EY and Deloitte, to name a few.
Possible T-shape trainings, workshops and coaching themes
✓Advisory Competency ✓Conflict Competency ✓Dealing with People you Can’t Stand ✓Power Presentations ✓Persuasive Negotiation
Besides directly applicable theory that will give you results, optimal development requires a healthy body, a healthy mind and an optimistic attitude. Therefore, we work from the principles of life coaching, vitality coaching, appreciative coaching and Positive Psychology. Where it helps and is needed, complemented with Oriental theories and practices. We work evidence based: from research and – especially – if it works for you.
10 reasons to choose Power2Improve:
2. Experiential learning
3. Evidence based
4. Concrete and tangible approach
5. Controllable results
6. Personal intake
7. Immediately applicable in your own practice
8. International experience
9. Taking learning style into account
10. Attention to body and mind