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Wouldn't it be a great world if everyone had strong soft skills? The truth - as you well know is that they don't. In fact, at times it seems like some people have amazing success with limited soft skills. Politicians seem to lack the ability to work well with others and their honesty seems to be questionable. You have probably had bosses at work who were bullies or abused their power. News reports constantly point out the rudeness of some celebrities and professional athletes who make incredible amounts of money.

So, the question to answer in your discussion this week is, how important are soft skills really?

Before you just start writing away, consider these questions and research evidence to support your position:

-Do we sometimes see only part of a person's application of a soft skill? For example, the politicians who don't seem to work well together, do they work well with others when campaigning or getting support for a bill they propose?

-Can a person succeed without any soft skill strengths?

-Do we want to be around people with poor soft skills?

-How important are soft skills to us personally in how they define us as workers and individuals?

-What is the legacy of people with strong soft skills? What is the legacy of those with poor soft skills?


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Attachment 1

Soft Skills List http://skillslist.info/soft-skills-list/ 1. Convincing

2. Coaching and developing people

3. Counseling

4. Mentoring

5. Team work

6. Team building

7. Consensus building

8. Conducting meetings

9. Big picture thinking and strategic thinking

10. Stress management

11. Observation

12. Know yourself (introspection)

13. Openness and flexibility (paradigm shifting)

14. Internal motivation and passion

15. Action orientation, drive and self-initiation

16. Self-development

17. Self confidence

18. Assertiveness

19. Integrity

20. Trustworthiness

21. Composure and self-presentation (appearance, manners and etiquette)

22. Intellectual horsepower and learning

23. Creativity and innovation

24. Conviction

25. Moral courage

26. Dependability and reliability

27. Dealing with ambiguity

28. Time management

29. Goal setting and result orientation

30. Decision making

31. Problem solving and process orientation

32. Communication (speaking, listening, empathy, body language, writing)

33. Interpersonal skills

34. Negotiation

35. Conflict management

36. Presentation

37. Task management

Attachment 2

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12 Qualities Employers Look For When

They're Hiring

The funny thing about the recruiting process is that if you read job ads, you’d think that employers are strictly looking for people with very specific types of experience. That’s all you can see in a job ad — long lists of bullet points with Essential Requirements like years of experience with certain tools, and obscure industry certifications!

Once you get to a job interview, though, the whole picture changes. Employers are looking for qualities in their new hires that are never listed in the job ad. They want to meet people who are self-directed and responsible. You will bring out those qualities through your answers to the job-interview questions and also through the questions you ask your interview.

The stories you tell on a job interview will bring out your sterling qualities, too. You don’t have to talk about your best traits. They will shine through if you let them!

Here are 12 qualities employers look for in their new hires:

Employers want to hire people who…

Understand their own path

You have a path that you’ve followed since you were born. Can you tell your story in such a way that you make it clear how you’ve followed an interest or passion of yours to get to the place you stand in right now? Can you talk about your path going forward?

Know what they want in their career

Employers look for ‘self-directed’ new hires, and here’s what that means. They want people who know what they want and are willing to work for it. I met a new grad who told me “I’m interested in starting my own company some day but I expect




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that to happen some years from now. In the meantime, I want to

learn all I can about how a business works. Can I say on a job

interview that I hope to be an entrepreneur one day?”

“Yes, you can!” I said. “The right managers will appreciate that

about you. You have a better reason to pay close attention to

whatever business you’re working in than a person who has no

goals and took the job just to get a paycheck. Great managers

want to hire people with goals, like you.”

Can point to successes at work or elsewhere

When someone asks you “Can you tell me a story about a time

when you felt triumphant?” what stories from your past spring

to mind? You’ve got to be able to talk about your successes. You

don’t have to have competed in the Olympics or climbed Mt.

Everest. You can tell simple stories about saving the day at work

or in a volunteer situation or even at home.

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Know their strengths

Employers are looking for people who know what they’re good

at. Instead of saying “I’m really good at Excel,” you can say “I

love Excel — and I love to teach other people the finer points of

using Excel, like creating nested reports and macros.”

Think Independently

There are certainly managers who don’t want to hire

independent thinkers, but you don’t have to waste working for

someone like that! Strong managers want to hire people who

have their own ideas. In every job interview, take the

opportunity to share an opinion, rather than a cookie-cutter,

standard answer to your interview question. Managers need

smart people around to brainstorm with — so why shouldn’t

that smart person be you?

Like to problem­solve

You’ve solved big problems in your life — everyone has. They

say that before a child goes to kindergarten he or she has

already conducted 50,000 physics experiments (often using

water, mud and dog food as materials). Tell a story about a

problem you solved. Maybe you found a better way to organize

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something or you improved on a process that didn’t make sense. In the best job interviews, your manager will see your brain working and you’ll see his or her brain working, too!

Have ambition

Having ambition means you have the goal of getting smarter and stronger throughout your life. It could mean moving up the corporate ladder, starting your own business or going off the grid to something completely new. Good employers look for people with ambition.

Are proactive

Proactive employees don’t wait to be told what to do. They jump into action when they see a way to help. Managers want to hire people who are proactive. One way to illustrate this quality is to ask questions about the work you’ll be performing in the job (most job applicants, sadly, don’t do this). Ask questions that show you’ve been thinking about the job description — your new manager will appreciate it!

Are happy to learn new things

Most of us have worked with someone who hates to be bothered to learn new things. Whenever there is something new to learn, that person says “Oh no,  not something new! I hate having to change the way I do things.” Managers want to hire people who like to learn. If you read in your spare time or follow courses online, say so!

Are goal­oriented

If you like to set goals and hit them, make that clear in your job interview. Talk about how you set a goal to start your own blog and accumulate 100 readers – and how you hit the goal! Talk about how goals have been important in your life so far.

Work well on a team

Nearly every manager will tell you that teamwork is a critical attribute for anybody on his or her team. Be ready to answer the question “Tell me about how you function on a team” with a colorful story about a situation that required teamwork, and in which your team came through!

Are responsible

Lastly, employers want to hire people who take responsibility for themselves and the situations they’re in. Talk about the responsibilities you’ve taken on in your working life and outside. If you were a river-rafting guide in the summers during your college years, say so!

There’s a lot of responsibility in a job like that, including responsibility for people’s lives! The same is true if you were a nanny. Watching infants and young children is a high- responsibility job. Don’t ever be embarrassed or shy about sharing your ‘non-business’ experience. Sometimes those experiences show our character most of all!

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Liz Ryan is CEO/founder of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap. Follow her on Twitter and read Forbes columns.


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