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Soft skills that you might be underestimating (3)

Ana Nastase
26 Aug, 2022
3 m read

Where were we with this topic?

This is the third article in which we are talking about the substantial importance of soft skills within an organization and you might ask yourself why we chose this topic. Well, the honest answer would be that we’ve been witnesses to lots of situations that would have turned out better in the presence of adequately developed soft skills. 

Let’s take a few examples. When a deadline is approaching quickly and you have so many things to do at once, good time management skills are a must. When a challenging situation occurs, and you need to identify the problem, research possible outcomes, and use logical trial and error, your problem-solving soft skills will keep you going.

Another valuable soft skill you can use in difficult situations is creativity, which translates into the ability to come up with something new, engaging, and innovative and nothing but creativity can help you get out of a challenging situation. 

How do you assess soft skills for new hires?

Soft skills are trainable, indeed, but they are also innate and you can identify them when interviewing possible hires. You should consider what kind of soft skills are valuable to a specific role and evaluate candidates starting from this. There are all sorts of questions you can use, such as: how do you prioritize tasks when there are multiple projects going on at the same time? or can you think of a challenging situation that you encountered at your previous job and tell us a bit about how you solved it? or if one of your team members was underperforming, how did you approach the situation?

There are also some hints that you can pay attention to during the interviews that speak for themselves, such as whether or not the candidate speaks in a clear, structured way, or if they pay attention to details, and so on. 

However, there’s no person good at everything, mastering every single soft skill and checking every bullet point in the job description, but if you actually like a candidate and you think it’s fittable for a specific role, then think no more, hire them. Soft skills are also teachable and luckily, there are so many training programs that you can use for this purpose. 

Our recommendation

We have a few eContent materials in mind when it comes to developing a soft skill in an interactive, engaging, and quick way. 

The power of positive thinking and attitude

Having a positive attitude at work means being optimistic and cheerful no matter the task. Don’t get us wrong, we know that’s not possible all the time, but we also know there are ways to make the most out of this soft skill and to put it to work in situations that would be hard to deal with otherwise.

Moreover, recent studies in behavioral science and neuroscience reveal scientific proof and evidence of the power of a positive mental attitude, and this interactive and highly practical eContent module starts from this. It is aimed at managing and motivating professionals using goal setting, positive outcomes, and success coaching while exploring positive thinking and attitude in management styles. If you are curious and you think it might be valuable for your work, check it out. 

Continuous innovation and process improvement

If you are a professional working in an ever-developing digital world, you certainly know that constantly looking out for new ways of doing business, improving processes, and innovating products and services, while coming up with innovative business solutions are some of the tasks you should always have in mind. This eContent module targets professionals who want to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitude to plan, organize, control, conduct, and evaluate planned, deliberate change based on continuous process and product improvements. 

Train the trainer

The ones who teach others are also the ones who know how valuable and necessary learning is, and that’s why they should have access to soft-skills training programs too. We know this and we’ve created this eContent module, which is designed to examine training methods and determine the most adequate ways for their training workshops, as well as writing specific instructional learning objectives. Sounds useful, doesn’t it?

To sum it all up, we are big advocates of the idea of learning, as you might have guessed until now. We believe that we develop through constant learning and luckily, there’s always something new to be learned and something old to be improved. 

Some (final) thoughts

If you are also a learning advocate, check out our list of courses and classes and find out what would help YOU perform better or feel more confident when doing your job. There’s something there for everyone.

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