• 58: The Art of Dealing with Ambiguity

    58: The Art of Dealing with Ambiguity The world is changing faster and faster. What seemed clear yesterday may not be clear today and who knows what tomorrow will bring? Dealing with ambiguity is not just a soft skill but a necessity in today’s workplace. We will discuss dealing with
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  • Podcast 57: A Natural Curiosity Can Boost Your Value

    Natural curiosity or a willingness to learn is a powerful tool, building on the processes, software and techniques that you know are just the foundation for your success. Among the topics cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss are: How changes in the workplace
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  • Podcast 56: Why Accepting Criticism Is Difficult, but a Challenge Worth Overcoming

    Being unable to accept criticism can hurt our ability to advance in our careers, relationships and in life. We will discuss this complicated soft skill and give hints for delivering and responding to it better. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham talk about a number of important
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  • Podcast 55: How Can Employers Hire Without Focusing on Soft Skills?

    A Forbes.com article, How to Hire the Right People to Help Your Organization Success by Sally Percy, suggests that employers are undervaluing soft skills, which seems silly in this low-unemployment business climate. We will discuss the technical skills fixation and why it hurts employers in
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  • Podcast 54: Join Us in The Soft Skills Revolution

    In this episode we launch The Soft Skills Revolution. We discuss why it matters, what it means and how you can help. Among the topics cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss are: *Why the soft skills revolution must occur *How a successful revolution would change the
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  • Podcast 53: How Cobots and Robots Will Demand More Soft Skills

    Cobots, robots working collaborating with people to accomplish specific tasks like deep tissue massage, are a reality and they are going to change how we look at work. We will explore how soft skills will enable us to react effectively in this weeks' episode. Among the topics cohosts Dr.
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  • Podcast 52: Adapting to Change Through Podcasting

    We celebrate our first anniversary of the podcast with a celebration, with lessons learned, and even some hints of what’s in the pipeline for the podcast and soft skills on this week’s Serious Soft Skills podcast. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss the following:
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  • Podcast 51: How to Address Cultural Differences to Improve Your Teams

      Age, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, political, social and lifestyle diversity is a reality in today’s workplace. In this episode of the Serious Soft Skills Podcast, we will discuss what being culturally aware means and how to avoid being culturally unaware. Among the topics Dr. Tobin
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  • Podcast 50: Using LinkedIn, Networking and Soft Skills to Gain Permission to Ask

    Mike Shelah, an expert and early advocate for LinkedIn’s ability to connect people for business, shares his wisdom on LinkedIn, networking and soft skills in this episode of the Serious Soft Skills podcast. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham are joined by Mike Shelah, head of
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  • Podcast 49: Your Good Actions Set the Tone for Your Organization

    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
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