soft skills training

Our planet has a specific set of resources.  Independently, they’re just a group of things.  But, under the right conditions, when they interact with one another and begin processes in which they are interdependent, they have the ability to synthesize into a thing that has greater capabilities.  (Liquid water and biogenic elements come together and begin processes facilitated by energy from the sun.  With adequate protection and stability, they become life.) In the same way, a specific group of people can work together interdependently and communicate with each other to accomplish common goals.  They can be a team.  These conditions,, Read More

Managing employees is a true feat of soft skills.  Communication, personality style, leadership, and  project and performance management are all put to the test on a daily basis. Sometimes, the employees you manage might seem like they’re on another planet, even when they’re sitting right in front of you.  So, what if they’re in another building?  Another city?  Another country?  Actually ON another planet?  It happens. When employees are discreetly distributed, the manager’s position becomes more important and requires a broader skill set.  The manager may be the only link between employees – the one to set schedules, allocate resources,, Read More

On St, Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.  It’s not really about ethnicity or religion – it’s about finding things that are special and unique in us and in others, and celebrating them.  It’s about being aware and appreciative of differences. But more than that, it’s an acknowledgement that behavior is a choice.  We can shape our interactions and interpersonal relationships by choosing certain behaviors. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone incorporates the good, fun parts of the signifier “Irish” into their own behavior.  In the same regard, we can all flex our Personality Style to incorporate positive aspects of other styles, Read More

I love listening!  It’s just the best, really. Can we take a minute to talk about how great listening is? The benefits of effective listening are innumerable.   And although it is sometimes overshadowed by its flashier contemporaries Speaking and Presenting, Listening has more to offer than we often realize. Listening is preparing for, reaching, and confirming understanding.  Come on, that’s so great!  You never don’t need that – there’s no situation that doesn’t benefit from effective listening.  And though it seems content to remain that loveable, yet fey workhorse behind the scenes, my relationship with Listening does take effort and, Read More

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