• Podcast 2: The Story of Doug, Who Has Poor Soft Skills

    You may have heard about soft skills, but you may not know who in your office needs to use them and why. We'll explain it all. Bob Graham '0:00': You may have heard about soft skills, but you may not know who in your office needs to use them and why. We will enlighten you in just a few
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  • Podcast 1: What Are Soft Skills Anyway?

    Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explain what soft skills are, using powerful examples from business.  Bob Graham '0:22': We’re going to explain what soft skills are in general, and explain them in a way that gives people a better understanding. Let’s start with the big question
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  • How Most Resumes Fail Their Authors on Soft Skills

    This LifeHack piece is dead on about the often missing component of resumes. The list offered of soft skills is a great starting point if you are trying to spruce up your resume or need to jumpstart your job search. Check the article out. (Thanks, Larry Fiorino, for pointing this piece out.)
  • Collaboration Always Improves the Odds of Success

    Collaboration, an important soft skill, takes many forms, and each form it often enables us to rise above the challenges we face in life. The old adage that two hears are better than one is valid. To obtain survey responses from the widest possible group of people for some research we are
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  • So Many Soft Skills Used to Make Just One Decision

    Our mind is constantly evaluating the angles, possibilities, benefits and drawbacks of countless decisions, though we rarely think much about what is going on in our minds. If I ask my boss for a day off next week, will I miss out on an opportunity? Should I tell HR that someone has been
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  • When Ego Inhibits Mastering Soft Skills

    No one likes to be wrong. And even worse is when that thing we are wrong about is personal. We all have an ego that has to be protected. Often, effectively developing our soft skills necessitates checking our ego at the door. Take, for instance, the situation involving a team leader who
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  • How Do You Teach Soft Skills?

    Critics of the role soft skills play in people's and organization's success often argue that soft skills cannot be taught. We disagree, and not just because we both get paid to help students develop their soft skills in our classrooms. Soft skills cannot be taught like Microsoft Excel or
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  • Soft Skills versus Non-Technical Skills

    In the midst of all the big issues facing the world right now, one issue that can easily be put to bed is whether to call all skills not encompassed as technical skills either "soft skills" or "non-technical skills." Academics generally seem to favor non-technical skills, which does give a
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