Yes, it’s shameless self-promotion, but someone has to do it. And Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham finally celebrate the long-awaited release of the paperback version of The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success and explain how reading it will help anyone who works.
Among the topics they discuss in this short episode are:
- How they came up with all 55 soft skills
- Their surprise at how many soft skills employees use
- The logic of the book
- Where employees and leaders can benefit from reading the book
- How to get the book
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We will go back to our list of 55 soft skills to explain how another one of them works and why it matters in the workplace.
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.
Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore the soft skills of adapting knowledge to new situations, which seems easy enough. But many people struggle with what it means and how it helps build teams and careers.
Among the topics they discuss are:
- How companies are relying more on people who can apply knowledge to solve new problems
- Why this soft skill is so important to company growth
- What other soft skills are included in this ability
- Employers want people with new ideas, not the same old perspectives they already have
- How successfully applying it can make someone a team leader, intentionally or unintentionally
- Why compensation and opportunity follow good adapters
- An example of adapting to the new situation of tariffs on products coming from China
- A five-step process for applying knowledge to new situations
- We can draw on others’ experiences to help us adapt to new situations
- How multiple sourcing can help us find better solutions
- Drawing on relationships and those we trust
We will explore the soft skill of being able to work independently or with minimal supervision.
We aren’t talking about writing the Great American Novel, but rather how to draw on the powerful aspects of storytelling to explain our work and our ideas so we connect emotionally with any audience.
Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore this important aspect of success, looking at it helps us at interviews, in meetings and when working with any other group. Storytelling can work in any situation where we talk about our work.
Among the topics they cover in this episode of the Serious Soft Skills podcast are:
- Defining how storytelling fits into explaining ourselves
- Making an idea “sticky”
- How widely this approach can be used
- The value of storytelling in a meeting as simple as a daily or weekly status meeting
- The right preparation for storytelling to succeed
- Understanding our audience’s needs
- Why less is more in some cases and why more can be valuable at other times
- Self-editing our stories to meet specific needs
- Why writing the story out in advance or developing great themes and plot lines won’t work
- Building the story from two or three key elements or takeaway you want the audience to learn from your story
- Planting words to make things sticky
- Sticky versus stinky
- How to prepare for an interview to ensure you’re sticky
- Making experiences become sticky through storytelling
- Developing an emotional connection
- Real examples of how storytelling can make us look better to employers and others
- How anecdotes and stories about what you do in a job can help others understand the value you can bring to their organization
- Going from a worker to a worker who did important work
- Finding stories to explain how our skills can be transferrable
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.