Tags: soft skills

Why Is Soft Skills Training Optional?

The Situation In my twenty-plus years in the training industry, I’ve worked both as an employee or in-house consultant purchasing training and as a vendor offering off-the-shelf and customized training. Topics such as compliance, regulatory changes, and health and safety are understandably often mandated training. Yet, the suite of interpersonal and personal competencies, typically known […]

5 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Handle Conflict

Workplace Conflict: An Inescapable Reality It’s no surprise that conflict is a regular and unpleasant reality in many workplaces. When a group of employees from various backgrounds and with different work styles is brought together to achieve a shared business goal, tensions are inevitable. Competing priorities, stressful deadlines, heavy workloads, and poor communication can cause […]

Soft Skills and Hard Skills: The Perfect Match

An essential software upgrade falls apart because your team fails to work together. Conflict arises and the blame game gets underway. You’ve given your your technical workers world-class coding training, so why aren’t they be better communicators and collaborators? In today’s economy, superior technical skills are not enough to ensure your organization’s success. The critical […]

Hey, Techies, Want to Get Ahead? Work on your Soft Skills.

Hey, Techies, Want to Get Ahead? Work on your Soft Skills.

In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen’s results shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) expertise came in […]

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