Talent Stacking For An Instructional Design Career

Sometimes an obvious concept takes on a deeper meaning when you see it from a new perspective. For me, talent stacking was one of those ideas.

We all know that being multi-skilled increases your attractiveness to employers. But talent stacking is different.

What is Talent Stacking?

Talent stacking is a strategy for career enhancement. It refers to building competence in many skills that work well together. It involves the intentional building of complementary skills to form a distinctive collection of abilities. Talent stacking is designed to make you stand out.

An important aspect of talent stacking is the idea that you do not need expertise in all the skills in your stack. With expertise in one area, being competent in other skills—and continuing to practice—will often suffice. The term was coined by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic.

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