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Soft Skills

Why Do So Many Gen Zers Seem to Lack That Old-fashioned "Followership?"

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

By the time Gen Z (second wave Millennials, born 1990-1999) was growing up, "Question Authority!" was not a slogan anymore but a hackneyed cliché. So maybe it is too easy to explain away Gen Zers' seeming disregard for joining something larger and making personal sacrifices for the greater good.

Why Millennials Will Improve Your Company

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Christopher B. Nelson

I've been reading a number of articles and reports about millennials in the workplace--about how they expect autonomy, insist their work have purpose, and think business needs a reset toward more concern for helping society.

Why Do So Many Gen Zers Seem to Lack That Old-Fashioned "Professionalism?"

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

Why do Gen Zers not, like those of previous generations, quickly realize that young adults need to make the adjustment to the grown-up world?

Multitasking Lowers Your Emotional Intelligence?

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

The term multitasking is perhaps the best word we can use to describe our modus operandi - at work and at play. Multi-tasking, the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously has become a way of life in modern society.

What Shark Tank Can Teach Us About Feedback

Ilya Zeldin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Ilya Zeldin

The show is fascinating on multiple levels, but one of the ones that gets overlooked is the concept of feedback.

14 'Soft' Skills to Master in Your 20s

Danny Rubin | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Danny Rubin

It seems hard to believe, given how much weight we place on the all-important question of "Where did you go to school?" But as online courses become more legitimate and trustworthy, employers might not care where we gain the skills -- only that we have them.

Preparing for the 21st Century: Soft Skills Matter

Stedman Graham | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

Most of us are still operating under a 20th-century paradigm. We were taught that learning all we can about a specific profession is the key to moving up to our goal rung on the socioeconomic ladder. Even "digital natives" learned this flawed premise; like the generations before them, they still think that hard skills are the key to advancement.

8 Soft Skills That Make for a Great Assistant

Sharon Tsao | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Sharon Tsao

Not everyone can be an administrative assistant. It takes a very specific set of skills to assist an executive or manager. The following soft skills make for a great assistant: time management, project management, strong communication, and active listening skills, as well as common sense.

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

The Hard Truth About the Current State of Soft Skills in the U.S.

Laura Berger | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Laura Berger

The tradeoff between hard and soft skills appear to be most at play in professional capacities such as accounting, finance and law, where people are trained and hired for their extreme analytical capabilities.

Why 'Being Nice' Is Not Part of Effective Communication (And What to Do Instead)

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

Have the courage to challenge yourself: step out of your comfort zone and start giving people the constructive feedback they deserve. That way you are actually practicing one of the most important personal skills: honesty.

The First Soft Skill to Develop in Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Frequently, I meet young job candidates who are freshly graduated from college and have never been taught how to make a good first impression.

Liberal Education, Soft Skills, and Success

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

In a world that seems increasingly to equate learning and career preparation, many commentators are skeptical that students are acquiring the skills that will translate well into the marketplace.

Wisdom From an Eighth-Grader in Saudi Arabia

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

At a time when students are commonly awarded for taking AP classes, getting a 4.0, and getting high scores on standardized tests, eighth-grader Karen Grace was awarded for her strength of character.

'Basic Skills' or 'Soft Skills:' What Should Be Taught and Tested?

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel

Soft they may be, but these skills constitute a combination that is essential to the core work of innovation, which rarely happens in instantaneous individual breakthroughs but rather evolves through collaborative group endeavors in which personal adaptability is a necessity.

12 Hours to Hack into Genius: NYC Students Learn Code, Create Apps, and Build Company Websites

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

While educators scramble to beef up STEM education, some programs are working to engage kids in hands-on projects, shepherded by experts in their field.

4 Easy Steps to Communicate with Others for Success in Business and Life

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

3. When you are on the receiving end of a message -- don't assume you know what someone is going to say to you -- listen with an open heart, an open mind and an open soul.

How Can Sports Help to Promote Youth Employment?

Matthieu Cognac | Posted 03.10.2014 | Sports
Matthieu Cognac

Understanding how soft skills that can be developed through sports -- for example ethics, attitudes and communications -- are relevant to the world of work provides an interesting perspective on youth employability.

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school. Employers, however, often cite communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, ingenuity, innovation, and risk-taking as the most sought after skills in new hires.

How Can We Raise Teens of Character?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Stuart Muszynski

Values, the software for the mind, are the building blocks of culture. Establishing core values and discussing them at regular intervals, starting at an early age and where real examples are reviewed, will facilitate the formation of a positive family culture.

Soft Skills Are 'Hard As a Rock'

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Lydia Dobyns

I must admit I'm perplexed about the controversy over whether so-called "soft skills" such as work ethic, collaboration and critical thinking should be taught in school. This debate should be a non-starter. What's so soft about skills valued by Fortune 500 companies?

Jobstacles: For Teens, Soft Skills Are Hard Skills

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Ashley Williams Three years ago, when Christian Hernandez was 16 years old, he recorded a joke voicemail greeting. It starts off with, “Hel...

If They Believe, Even the Most Disadvantaged Children Can Achieve

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.05.2013 | Good News
Stuart Muszynski

Much has been written about the cycle of poverty and under-achievement in urban schools. But too few stories have appeared about the most at-risk students who have risen to the occasion to graduate, achieve and contribute to their schools, communities and families.

Building a Personal Brand Means Investing in Yourself

Mark Jeffries | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada Business
Mark Jeffries

With everything we say and every step we take, people choose whether to buy us... or not. Would you buy you? Take a few minutes to consider how you have invested in yourself -- your clothes, your tone, your brand, your knowledge, your stories... your buy-ability.

Wall Street Lawyer on "The Positive Presumption"

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Luce

Meet Eugene Lee, a mid-level associate at a Top 40 law firm on Wall Street who succeeds in business by being real, honest, and kind. Good news.