Here are some HARD skills for thought.

First, recognizing that we have a capability gap and admitting to ourselves that we need to do something about, let’s explore some options.  We can choose to be frustrated or held back by it, or we can embrace it. I’m going to list some options that I have found recently and a little about them, in no specific order. Obviously, these are not the same as pursuing a graduate degree or certification across industries.  What we can do is pick up some of the language and begin to understand what are P&L, data analytics, or cash flows.

Computer coding

An ever-growing skill that is in demand and enables us to bring technical expertise once we learn/ earn it.  There are many ways to learn this, right now my son is taking course through edX, another option is Codecademy, or you may want to checkout freeCodeCamp.

Next Step: Transition to Business

A great two-week course at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH.  2019 will see two iterations of the course, feel free to reach out for more information on this.  This program is a general management certificate program inspired by the needs of military veterans and elite athletes.  Next Step is a transformative experience that builds your business acumen and polishes your leadership skills.

Retail fundamentals

This course on edX covers the critical components of the retail business, including forecasting, inventory management, product assortment planning and pricing. There are a large number of courses available at this site.

Small businesses

If you are interested in starting a small business the US Small Business Administrationhas a lot of information available on their site ranging from buying a company to social media marketing.

Stanford Ignite

For the entrepreneurs this is a suite of certificate programs that teach innovators to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas.


This is an online learning platform by Harvard Business School.  There are a number of course that you can take focusing on the hard business skills that you need.

LinkedIn Learning

This is a resource though LinkedIn with a vast array of courses to improve your knowledge, like Financial Analysis: Introduction to Business Performance Analysis and Become a Business Operations Associate.


This is not an all-inclusive list, but one that can get you thinking of options.

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