Whether you are starting an original project or joining an existing one, taking an inventory of the strengths you can bring, as well as the areas where you might need some support, will give you a baseline for what you contribute and what you need to learn. Being well-planned and prepared will allow you to troubleshoot effectively, plan creatively, and reflect intentionally. Not only will your project and the community you are working with benefit from this pre-work, but you will too as you work to continually sharpen the tools in your toolkit and add some new ones as well.


At the Pace Center we believe that being aware of our skills and assets is a critical component to the success of our work. This awareness is not just about highlighting what we do well, but also acknowledging where we have gaps that need to be filled for our work to be successful. An important first step is knowing the difference between a skill and an asset.

  • Skill -  the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance
  • Asset - an advantage, resource

A skill is something you can develop and hone over time. Skills can be learned. An asset is a pre-existing resource that you can utilize in your work. Your skills and assets should speak to and inform each other, helping to keep your project moving forward and having a positive impact on your work.


Who do you know and what can you do?

  • Skills: What skills do you have that would benefit you in your work?
  • Assets: Who do you know who could help you? What resources are available to you? In what way could they be of assistance?

What are the gaps and how can you fill them?

  • Gaps: What are new skills you need to learn? What existing skills do you need to improve on?
  • Development & Practice: Where can you learn or practice the skills listed above? Are there training opportunities you can take advantage of?