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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin

Our dynamic entrepreneurial world forces us to change accordingly regardless of how quick and petite the changes may seem.

Successful entrepreneurs have been doing this, which is one of the reasons why they are at the top of the tree and the next generation entrepreneur must follow suit. Business strategies need to be at par with the market and here are the key work skills you must develop:

1. Eye the big picture

Successful entrepreneurs never stopped at their own domain. They always kept an eye on the market and learnt about the nuances of business.

This is the most important work skill every entrepreneur must possess. Understand the market, the changes, the advancements, the technology, and the details of entrepreneurship.

Learning all this is quite easy now, thanks to the Internet, but you can also rely on books, networking, and business communications.

2. Be the influence

The next generation entrepreneur should aim at being the leader, that is, leading from the front rather than from behind his desk. The best way to motivate employees and to keep them on their toes is to stay on your toes.

Learn new things and always be enthusiastic about it. You are the greatest influence for your team members and when you show your eagerness to learn and grow, your team members will follow. Enthusiasm is contagious and it will spread in the workplace.

3. Be courageous

Challenges are a part of the entrepreneurial journey and only those who are brave enough to face them will be able to become successful entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur you must be confident and have the courage tread past difficulties.

4. Be competent

Entrepreneurship is a cap with many feathers, of course, but that doesn’t mean you try doing every single thing all by yourself.

Entrepreneurship is about doing what you do best and delegating wisely. In other words, pick up one managerial point and ensure that you are a pro at it.

The next generation entrepreneur needs to focus on all these work skills to be adept in today.

Mr Bharatam is the founder and chief mentor of Kuza Biashara, a capacity building firm for Kenyan SMEs

source : http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/Five-key-work-skills-for-next-generation-of-entrepreneurs/539550-2625624-13eiso9/index.html