We always hear how important a positive attitude is, but why and how do we ensure we have a positive attitude. We’ll tackle how to maintain a positive attitude in this episode of the Serious Soft Skills Podcast.
Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore a variety of topics related to the soft skill of having positive attitude.
Among the topics they address are:
- What if we bring a negative attitude to a situation
- The negative effects of creating a hero among teams
- “Faking it until you make it”
- Pushing forward despite stumbles
- Moving past problems
- Confidence in myself and my team
- Finding ways to overcome challenges
- Being honest and open and how to leads to trust among team members
- How sparks and cobbled together ideas can fuel better outcomes
- Naysayers never get promoted
- Not falling into the unrealistic and non-optimistic perspective
Tips for keeping or restoring your positive attitude
1. Set realistic goals and recognize when you achieve them
2. Don’t let setbacks dig into you
3. Be grateful – we all need others to succeed
5. Sleep well and eat well
6. Laugh at yourself
7. Populate your life with positive people
8. Don’t get stuck in the weeds
We will look at the complicated soft skills of understanding the ethical implications of our decisions.
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.
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
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.