Up Your Soft Skills Game to Stand Out and Rise to the Top

Soft skills are key to a successful career no matter your field or industry. Without them, you’ll fail. 

Client, team, manager & company-wide relationships can make/break your success, performance and impact. Up your soft skills game (especially teamwork)—it will make a massive difference in your career trajectory. 

The two key areas that are the root cause for 100% of your next career challenge are rooted in soft skills: self-awareness and teamwork (or team building).

Proactively focuses on these areas and you’ll significant results in 90 days or less. You’ll get promoted and stand out in your career because these areas are the most overlooked and least developed skills.

Here’s just a few data points behind it.

  1. 95% of people think these are self-aware, but only 10-15% are.
  2. 75% of work is done collaboratively. But 70%+ are dysfunctional. 86% of executives say project failure is due to two main reasons: poor communication and teamwork.

Companies Need to Change Their Training Plans: 70% of Employees Don’t Have the Right Skill Sets

70% of Employees Report Lack of Mastery of Skills Required in Their Current Job. That should indicate both hard and soft skills need attention and focus.

Typically, soft skills are a much higher priority. Teamwork is the number one soft skill that is the least understood and has the most impact day-to-day. 75% of work is done through collaboration, but 70% of teams are dysfunctional. 86% of the project/goal failures are due to lack of communication and collaboration.

When I sit down with organizations to develop and implement training it’s amazing how quickly you see results and increased performance, teamwork, engagement along with a reduction in conflict and turnover. 

What’s your training and development plan for 2019-2020?

Are focusing on the right areas? (Here are five key areas: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/7FFEFEA8-12EB-11E9-BDC3-ED774D018C33)

How are you measuring it? Engagement surveys are helpful, but that’s just one small step. There are other methods that are more critical and informative. 

There is a reason 99% of organizations are underperforming. The above is one reason why.

You can take quick steps to increase bottom line metrics without breaking the bank.

PS: If you have any training and development, I help organizations build out their plan, process and conduct training. Feel free to reach out for a quick consultation.

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Would You Invest in Your CoWorkers for the Next 20 Years?

If you had to invest in a person for 20 years would you invest in your friends and work colleagues?

Ask the same of yourself.

If not, you need to make some immediate changes. 

Why?

Because the level of your success is will equate to the people you surround yourself with.

#career #leadership #growth #relationships #learning 

Don’t Reject Yourself First

Don’t reject yourself first.

Don’t think you can get or deserve the job? Apply for it.

Don’t think your post is good enough? Publish it.

Don’t think you can do it? Go for it.

Don’t think you should email that person? Write and send it.

Remember:

1) Stop waiting around for confirmation. You’ll never be “ready.”

2) Our brains are wired for negativity. Our thoughts try to keep us safe. Their job isn’t to make us happy or successful.

3) Amazon’s company philosophy is act boldly on 70% of the information you need. Getting 90% costs a lot, wastes time and requires perfect execution. 

Act boldly and take action today. Don’t reject what you believe may happen before it’s actually happened. 

PS: This doesn’t mean don’t be prepared, learn, acquire skills, network, etc. It means you have to ask in spite of your thoughts and fears.

 #leadership #executivecoach #success #rejection #growthmindset #training #career 

Personal Branding & Workforce of the Future at HackingHR in Houston

Great presentations at Hacking HR in Houston last night by Heather Dulin at National Oilwell Varco (on personal branding – check out my crumpled sheet we filled out last night) & Joti Chandran from HP  (her great work on the workforce of the future). Highly recommend checking it out no matter what your job function. We all walked away with actionable insights and more knowledge about what we bring to the table.

Here is the website to go to their next event: https://hackinghr.io/houston2019/

Hacking HR

 #hr #hackinghr #humanresources #workforce #hiring #employeedevelopment #skillsdevelopment #technology #hp #speakers #coaching #houston #businessnetworking

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here is a Test to See

How are you perceived at your organization? (See a test below). Most people are often uncertain or unaware of what they project. This lack of self-awareness kills our progress and career. 

What we intend to project is often different than our impact. For example, we may believe we are open to feedback, but other people may experience we are closed off. We may think we listen, but other people may perceive we speak over them. Intent doesn’t equal impact.

Here’s a test to gauge how people perceive you:

Ask 6 people you work w/ two questions.

1) What do you think other people perceive as my greatest strengths and challenges?

2) What’s one thing I could do that would have the biggest impact on my performance and perception?

Resist the temptation to debate or question. Only seek information to clarify and/or to get examples. Thank people at the end. Not everyone may be willing to be candid. That’s ok. Find others that will.

After you get the data, look for patterns. Come up with specific actions to close the gap on how others perceive you and how you perceive yourself. 

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