Coordinative skills (general)

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Under coordination skills (collectively singular and coordination ) is generally understood to organize various individual tasks or human activities in a complex of tasks so the ability that they are meaningful and purposeful add another, just coordinates are. The plural indicates that there is a large number of individual components that are made available to a common goal (e.g. a rescue operation , a disaster response , a military operation ).

Coordinative skills and abilities

The Differential Psychology distinguishes between skills and abilities. Skills are merely willingness to perform, dispositions that only become skills when they are realized. Powers (abilities) can, but do not have to, develop into concrete forms of abilities (skills). There is no automatic conversion of skills into skills. There are also idle, unused skills. The implementation process, which is always a learning process, demands additional performance potential and psychological energies such as motivation, will, diligence, determination, perseverance, frustration tolerance , willingness to learn, value alignment. There are specially gifted people who fail in a complex task because they lack these additional skills and cannot transform their abilities into skills or coordinate them. The (invisible) coordinative abilities only become substantially visible in the application.

Requirement profiles for coordinative skills

Coordinative skills come into play in different areas of life. They differ accordingly in their requirement profiles:

Example clinic management

A clinic management has the task of coordinating the work of the individual departments and employees (doctors, nurses, nurses, administrative employees, cleaning staff, etc.), the needs of the various professional groups, the service processes, the vacation plans, the flow of funds, the equipment requests, etc.

Example police action

The operations management must coordinate the special actions of the individual commando units and emergency services as well as the processes for observation, approach, access, use of weapons, civil protection, press information, etc. in terms of personnel, time and content.

Example of festival design

The organizers of a major public event are required to coordinate star appearances, public interests, technical processes, safety measures, helper and rescue services, traffic planning, schedules, etc. appropriately and in a way that minimizes risk.

Each of these fields of activity requires specific expertise and different coordination skills. The demands increase with the complexity, danger or importance of the task.

Transferability of coordinative skills

Coordinative skills generally prove to be subject-specific. They have to prove themselves in each field of application under the specific circumstances. Nevertheless, there are overarching individual skills with similar structural features. As such, B. Organizational talent , communication skills, leadership quality , decision-making power, flexibility, spontaneity , sense of reality, knowledge of human nature, willingness to compromise , which are always in demand. Anyone who knows how to successfully carry out a police operation is therefore not yet qualified to run a school . However, the more the task fields are structurally similar, the better and easier it is to transfer qualifications to the other area. For example, the management of a hospital , a police school or a grammar school makes numerous related demands on coordination skills.

See also


  • General regulations for teachers, school principals at public schools in North Rhine-Westphalia (ADO), RdErl. D. Ministry of Culture of September 20, 1992
  • K. Pawlik (Ed.): Handbook Psychology. Science application occupational fields . Heidelberg 2006

Individual evidence

  1. K. Pawlik (Ed.): Handbuch Psychologie. Science application occupational fields . Heidelberg 2006
  2. General regulations for teachers, school principals at public schools in North Rhine-Westphalia (ADO) , RdErl. D. Ministry of Culture of September 20, 1992