Why We Advocate T-shape Skill Sets at Bridge
Bridge is a strong advocate for the T-shaped mindset because it presents the advantage of flexibility and diversity. T-shaped people have specialised skills in one major area and broad general knowledge in at least two other disciplines. We also advocate for T-shaped employees because they are generally highly empathetic and give consideration to other contributor’s opinions during discussions.
We love T-shaped people because they not only bring their own unique specialisation but they deeply appreciate other people’s talents, skills and point of view. As such, they tend to make great collaborators who work well in hybrid teams, which in turn offers huge value to our clients.
Put simply, Bridge considers T-shaped employees the embodiment of how we like to work.
The B-shaped Skill Set
At Bridge, we believe we have mastered the art of cross-disciplinary learning and knowledge exchange between our team of diverse experts. As such, when reviewing the shapes of skill sets we crafted something we like to call the B-shaped Skill Set: a combination of E-shaped with feedback loops between our team members to ensure insights are gained and shared across the team. When one team member gains knowledge, we all do.
A T-shaped skill set is marketable in the real world because of specialised core skills and cross-discipline expertise. Employers tend to go for T-shaped employees because they are collaborative, empathetic, professional and flexible. Focusing on establishing a balance between hard professional and soft interpersonal skills can help one improve their T-shaped skill sets.
If you are a company or business looking to create and/ or develop T-shaped people, get in touch. Our consultants regularly advise clients on capability building, coaching, and improving your team‘s marketing and technical skills. How can we help you?