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 […]

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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