Passion and skills alone aren’t enough to ensure success, but periodically analyzing the key success factors of your job can help you excel. To get up to speed, start by addressing the top tasks that are most vital to your career success. Ask yourself: If you were starting the job now, what would be the three tasks most critical to superb performance? Then assess how your current skills align with those requirements.
What training or skills development do you need? Focus on a plan to update your skills and spend at least 70 percent of your time on these responsibilities. To keep your three key tasks in focus, write them out and look at your list before agreeing to other demands on your time. Reassess your key tasks on a regular basis and update your list.
(Source: “What You’re Really Meant to Do,” by Robert Steven Kaplan.)