8 KEY EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS
SKILL 1: Impulse Control
Control helps you think before acting
looks: People with weak Impulse Control might blurt out inappropriate things. They are also more likely to engage in risky
SKILL 2: Emotional Control
means: Emotional Control helps you keep your
feelings in check
looks: People with weak emotional control tend to
overreact. They can have trouble dealing
with criticism and regrouping when something goes wrong.
SKILL 3: Flexible Thinking
means: Flexible Thinking allows you to adjust to the
looks: People with rigid thinking don’t roll with
the punches. They might get frustrated
if asked to think about something from a different angle.
SKILL 4: Working Memory
means: Working Memory helps you keep key
information in mind.
looks: People with weak working memory have trouble
remembering directions---even if they have taken notes or you have repeated
them several times.
SKILL 5: Self-Monitoring
means: Self-Monitoring allows you to evaluate how
you are doing.
self-monitoring skills may be surprised by negative feedback or a bad
SKILL 6: Planning and Prioritizing
What it means: Planning and
prioritizing help you decide on a goal and a plan to meet it.
looks: People with weak planning and prioritizing
skills may not know which parts of a project are most important. They might get caught up on the small details
or the big picture, but not both at the same time.
SKILL 7: Task Initiation
means: Task initiation helps you take action
and get started.
looks: People who have weak task initiation skills
may freeze up because they have no idea where to begin.
SKILL 8: Organization
means: Organization helps you keep track of
things physically and mentally
looks: People with weak organization skills
can lose their train of thought---as well as their cell phone, car keys, or