It's always surprised me that management gurus frequently ignore one skill I find extremely valuable in employees. That skill is foresight—the ability to think ahead as you pursue objectives at work.
The average employee is constant dealing with a new crisis, something she never saw coming. The exceptional employee, on the other hand, has developed the habit of orienting himself to the future. He understands the big-picture vision and is always on the lookout for upcoming roadblocks.