A Balancing Act - Describing skills acquired in the workplace

The objective of this project is to develop a model and method to describe skills acquired in the workplace, so that they can be understood in the wider context of working life as well as in the formal education system.

The main find in the project is that people perform the“art of balance” in the workplace. All skills gained in the workplace can be characterised by the need to master this balancing act. Creating good processes and delivering results needs to be balanced against the conflicting demands of every day needs.

Mastering the different skills required to excel in this  balancing act demands “balancing artists”. The retail sector is full of balancing artists, but we believe that they are not confined to the retail sector alone. We believe that they are a widespread phenomenon in
today’s working life.

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