TRIPLE III TIME: “Soft Skills” … REALLY?

thumbnail_image1This TRIPLE III TIME message has been a long time coming.  No… not that I haven’t had ongoing thoughts about discussing this topic.  But instead, I have struggled with how to explain and appropriately share my position on a very special skill-set area traditionally referred to as “Soft Skills”.

I believe everyone has their own definition and specific list of what “Soft Skills” are.  But before we even start down that road… how about a new label like: BLENDED LIFE/WORK/RELATIONSHIP/PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS GENERATING Skills. Does this label of appropriate, necessary, survival skills in any way sound “Soft”?  And isn’t it true that most believe that this grouping of skills is something you historically learned at home? And finally, when was the last time you saw an advertisement that was offering: PREMIUM SOFT SKILLS TRAINING (FOR 99.99?)

OK… enough of the non-positive attitude!  It is time to modernize the “Soft Skills” challenge.  And maybe we simply start with a TOP 10 LIST OF BLENDED LIFE/WORK/RELATIONSHIP/PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS GENERATING Skills:

  1. Communicate with class
  2. Respect people and their opinions
  3. Show appreciation
  4. Don’t assume… just ask
  5. Be timely
  6. Apologize when you are wrong
  7. Offer quality suggestions
  8. Be a great team-member
  9. Accept responsibility
  10. Listen with full attention

Now I will agree that my recommended new label is a lot harder to memorize than “Soft Skills” … but the TOP 10 that define the BLENDED LIFE/WORK/RELATIONSHIP/PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS GENERATING Skills is much easier to place in your personnel policy handbook?!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at: mpichla@inspiringinnovationsllc.com

Posted on September 20, 2019, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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