Our actions usually align with our ethics, and people with good ethics tend to be trusted and respected more than those whose ethical decision making is questionable. We are going to look at the ethical implications of decisions we make in this week’s episode of the Serious Soft Skills podcast.
Among the topics cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss are:
- A definition of ethics and how it applies to work
The value of virtue
How questionable ethics can erode trust of team members
Questioning cripples progress
The societal effect on our ethics
Are ethics black and white?
The Golden Rule
Short-term versus long-term benefits and how they relate to ethics
The personal nature of ethics
How our ethics set a tone for an organization
Tips for Good Ethics at Work
1. Don’t be deceived by short-term benefits
2. Matching your ethics to your organization’s ethics
A good book on ethical decision-making, The Power of Ethical Management by Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale, with three guiding questions on ethics
1. Is it legal?
2. Is it balanced?
3. How will it make me feel about myself? Unethical acts erode self-esteem.
We will talk to Mike Shelah, an expert at LinkedIn on how soft skills play into that social media platform, as well as networking in general. New episodes come out every Wednesday.
The soft skill of working independently, or with minimal supervision, fosters better teams and trust, two keys to success in any organization. People who can model this soft skill position themselves for greater career opportunities.
Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, authors of The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success, talk about a variety of aspects of this soft skill, including:
- Letting go of micromanagement
- The idea of ownership of projects and knowing when to share a project or take it to completion ourselves
- Strategies for ensuring independence and appropriate intervention
- The tug-pf-war between independence and either delegating or drawing on others
- Independence varies by role and by supervisory style
- Where entrepreneurs can overcome inherent independence to ensure greater success
- The power of proper delegation
- How we can take monkeys and push them away to get work done
- Working with minimal supervision
- How to ensure that minimal supervision yields maximum results
- How more meetings may enable greater employee independence
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Next week, we will explore the soft skill of being able to work under pressure. Relax, we will make it easy. Look for new episodes every Wednesday.
People think that being a good multi-tasker, something research says is impossible, means you are able to manage multiple projects. Most employees need to be able to manage different projects at the same time, meeting deadlines and working with others, to be effective.
Among the many topics Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham cover in this important episode on an often-overlooked soft skill are:
- Differences between multi-tasking and managing multiple projects
- Why we seem to believe multi-tasking works
- Technology’s role in this soft skill
- Are we using our time more effectively?
- How to get ahead of multiple projects
- What to do when things are not being well managed
- Why looking at the Big Picture too much hurts being able to manage multiple projects.
- A real example of managing a project to ensure it can be managed with other projects
- How computers switch better than humans
- Blocking out your day to ensure projects are managed well
- More tips for ensuring you can juggle multiple projects
- The other soft skills incorporated into managing multiple projects
- Addressing the fact that things may go wrong once in a while
We will be looking at the role of storytelling. While not a soft skill, storytelling plays a huge role in being effective in a job search and in being successful in work situations.
Being responsive is a soft skill that can spark creativity, trust and innovation in teams big and small. Learn how and why in this week’s episode of Serious Soft Skills.
Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explain how the soft skill of being responsive sets teams up to succeed.
Among the topics they discuss in this episode:
- Being responsive from a supply chain perspective
- How the best responses are complete, accurate and timely answers
- Realistic responses and how they improve our work experience
- When emails actually hurt, not help, responsiveness
- How being unresponsive can hurt teams and careers
- Why being responsive is a core issue for any successful employee
- Getting back quickly isn’t enough. It’s the value of the response.
- Phone calls and face-to-face meetings accelerate responsiveness
We will dig into another of the 55 soft skills or how to apply one of them to help you in your career.
Our latest Serious Soft Skills Podcast looks at how paying attention to details can help an individual, the team and the organization. But unfortunately, most of us struggle with this important soft skill. Learn why it matters and how to do it better in this episode of Serious Soft Skills.
Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore the many important benefits of paying attention to details.
Among the topics they cover:
- Who benefits from our attention to detail
- What happens when we don’t pay attention to details
- How to pay attention to details more effectively
- Eight hints for better paying attention to details
The Serious Soft Skills Podcast will explain how complying with standards makes the soft skills list.
Co-hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham talk about setting goals and prioritizing, which together make an important soft skills for managers, leaders and any employee.
Setting goals, as in organizing and prioritizing your work, is critical for team success. To make sure everyone is working toward the same overall goal, we need to assign tasks. Those tasks have to be completed on time or else others will be waiting.
Among the topics they address:
- Examples of where setting goals and prioritizing are critical to achieving results.
- How most of us have deadlines each day, week or month.
- Why these goals have to be in sync
- Tips for setting goals
- Being SMART
We can set our own priorities in a day, evaluating what needs to be done, what others might need from us, what we need from others. The best employees are updating their priorities as situations change throughout the day. They don’t write a list in pen, but rather in pencil, with an eraser.
Good leaders and managers set realistic priorities and goals for their staff, ideally with their consent and buy-in. Rather than telling people what to do, they work with people to align personal and organizational goals to be the same. This shared vision can be powerful, especially when things go wrong. And they will.
No matter how much we prioritize, things go wrong. How we deal with it — by readjusting — can make or break us and our organizations.