Soft Skills for Hard Times

A Handbook for High Achievers
Author: Ivory Dorsey
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462800032
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 103
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Soft Skills for Hard Times is a hand book for the over achiever. It is written for people who understand that when competence is present, it is only the ticket to the game; it does not make one a player. It is a book for those who would invest resources in getting good and no time in getting chosen. It is a book for the potential high performer who constantly wonders why since they are so smartwhy is it that the seemingly average performer keeps getting ahead. These are hard timeswe need skills to navigate the course.

Championship Habits

Soft Skills in Hard Times for Leaders and Managers
Author: Adolph Brown, III
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781440143618
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 96
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Most employees are educated and trained with the technical or hard skills necessary to perform their professions, but important components—soft skills—are often lacking. These skills represent a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes, and social graces that make a person a good employee and a compatible coworker. Developed for organizations that deal with customers face-to-face, Championship Habits outlines twenty core soft skills that author and successful entrepreneur Adolph Brown believes are the cornerstones of a successful business. Based on years of personal experience and research, he identified these core soft skills, or championship habits, which employees should possess. Some of them include: ● Strong work ethic ● Sociability ● Self-esteem ● Confidence ● Positive attitude ● Self-management ● Listening skills ● Social skills By translating cutting-edge theory into concise, hip language with lasting and emotional impact and including a host of illustrative examples, Championship Habits describes the importance of these twenty core personal qualities and interpersonal traits in a business environment. He shows how incorporating these championship habits at every turn will ensure that the workplace and the work itself are rewarding, profitable, and gratifying.

Soft Covers for Hard Times

Quiltmaking & the Great Depression
Author: N.A
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 112
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Describes the unique character of quilts made during the Great Depression and shares patterns for Depression era quilts

The Leader's Guide to Managing People

How to Use Soft Skills to Get Hard Results
Author: Mike Brent,Fiona Dent
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 0273780360
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 264
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'A very valuable resource for busy leaders to dip in and out of as time allows.' - Dr Mark Pegg, Chief Executive, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 'Clear and concise with great anecdotes and oozing with experience.' -Dr K. D. Akabusi, MBE, MA, FPSA, Executive Director, The Akabusi Company Coaching, motivating, team building and influencing are all essential tools for getting the most out of the people around you. Commonly described as ‘soft skills’, there’s nothing soft about the impact they will have on your business performance. This book is your toolkit for managing yourself, facilitating team performance and surviving and thriving in times of change. Step up your management skills now to get the business results you need.

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

How to Teach the Missing Basics to Todays Young Talent
Author: Bruce Tulgan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118725646
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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Based on more than twenty years of research, Bruce Tulgan, renowned expert on the millennial workforce, offers concrete solutions to help managers teach the missing basics of professionalism, critical thinking, and followership?complete with ninety-two step-by-step lesson plans designed to be highly flexible and easy to use.

The Leader's Guide to Negotiation

How to Use Soft Skills to Get Hard Results
Author: Simon Horton
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1292112832
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 296
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PLAY ON YOUR TERMS Negotiation is THE core business skill. It is fundamental to everything we do that involves other people, whether that’s asking for a raise, pitching an idea or deciding who gets the coffee. The Leader’s Guide to Negotiation is a highly practical guide to getting the most out of your business interactions, whilst building stronger relationships to boot. From achieving win-win outcomes to problem-solving and building trust, it equips you with failsafe strategies for conducting successful and positive negotiations. ‘An entertaining, immediately useful book that goes beyond advocating for win-win – Simon Horton shows us how to get there.’ Adam Grant, Wharton Professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take ‘Reading this book has made me think about how I negotiate and I have learned a lot… If you want to benefit your relationships while improving your business, then this is worth studying.’ Simon Woodroffe, founder of Yo!

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

Soft Skills for Succeeding in a Hard Wor
Author: Peggy Klaus
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061843547
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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What's the hard truth? Soft skills get little respect but will make or break your career. Master your soft skills and really get ahead at work! Fortune 500 coach Peggy Klaus encounters individuals every day who excel at their jobs but aren't getting where they want to go. It's rarely a shortfall in technical expertise that limits their careers, but rather a shortcoming in their social, communication, and self-management behaviors. In The Hard Truth About Soft Skills Klaus delivers practical tools and techniques for mastering soft skills across the career spectrum. She shows how to: manage your workload handle the critics develop and promote your personal brand navigate office politics lead the troops and much more! Klaus reveals why soft skills are often ignored, while bringing their importance to life in her trademark style—straightforward, humorous, and motivating. Perfect for readers at all professional stages—from those who are just starting out to seasoned executives—this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take his or her career to the next level.

The Leader's Guide to Presenting


Author: Tom Bird,Jeremy Cassell
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1292120010
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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Presentations are an inevitable part of a leader's day to day. They are fundamental to delivering information, motivating staff and building relationships. The Leader's Guide to Presenting is a highly practical guide to delivering engaging and influential presentations. From informal to formal settings, you'll discover how persuasion, influence and communication are critical to your own impact, the motivation and engagement of others and, ultimately, the success of your organisation. How to present when the stakes are high How to structure your message to gain agreement How to deliver with maximum impact and get the outcome you want How to pitch for success and handle difficult conversations

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Author: Paul Tough
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054756466X
Category: Education
Page: 288
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“Drop the flashcards—grit, character, and curiosity matter even more than cognitive skills. A persuasive wake-up call.”—People Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself. “Illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it’s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall.”—New York Times “I learned so much reading this book and I came away full of hope about how we can make life better for all kinds of kids.”—Slate

The CIO Edge

Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results
Author: Graham Waller,Karen Rubenstrunk,George Hallenbeck
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 142217221X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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Great CIOs consistently exceed key stakeholders' expectations and maximize the business value delivered through their company's technology. What's their secret? Sure, IT professionals need technological smarts, plus an understanding of their company's goals and the competitive landscape. But the best of them possess a far more potent ability: they forge good working relationships with everyone involved in an IT-enabled project, whether it's introducing new hardware or implementing a major business transformation. In The CIO Edge, the authors draw on Korn/Ferry International's extensive empirical data on leadership competencies as well as Gartner's research on IT trends and the CIO role. They prove that, for IT leaders, mastering seven essential skills yields big results. This new book lays out the people-to-people leadership competencies that the highest-performing CIOs have in common—including the ability to inspire others, connect with a diverse array of stakeholders, value others' ideas, and manifest caring in their relationships. The authors then explain how to cultivate each defining competency. Learn these skills, and you'll get more work done through others' enabling you to successfully execute more IT projects, generate better results for your company, and concentrate your efforts where they'll exert the most impact. The payoff? As the authors show, you'll work smarter, not harder—and get promoted far faster than your peers.

The Advantage

The 7 soft skills you need to stay one step ahead
Author: Emma-Sue Prince
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1447929713
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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Go from ordinary to extraordinary with 7 essential soft skills. You need Adaptability, Resilience, Optimism, Integrity, Critical thinking, Pro-activity and Empathy to stay one step ahead. Our world is changing - so fast, so furiously, so ferociously - that to stand out at work you need to change what you're doing. And quickly. To get ahead, you need soft skills. To stay ahead you need The Advantage. Just doing your job won’t get you to the top, but what does it take? Soft skills are your secret weapon. These days we’re all working harder and longer, but finding it harder than ever to make an impact and get the results we want. Traditional skills like being a good team player, a solid leader or a brilliant negotiator don’t seem to be as effective anymore. To really stand out, you need to be doing something different, something better. You need The Advantage. In this groundbreaking book, we set the scene for seven new skills that will propel you and your career forward. Through a combination of scientific research, no-nonsense advice, practical exercises and case studies, this book shows you how to understand, develop and use: Adaptability - respond effectively to challenges and grab new opportunities Resilience - learn from experience and attack the next challenge with equal boldness Optimism - be the most positive person you know Integrity - trust, values and honesty are the name of the game now as is authenticity Critical thinking - challenge assumptions and find solutions Pro-activity - thinking and acting ahead Empathy - respect and nurture your relationships STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.

Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills

The Soft Skills of Leadership
Author: Ronald E. Riggio,Sherylle J. Tan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135018189
Category: Psychology
Page: 352
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This edited volume explores different models, conceptualizations, and measures of leader interpersonal and influence "soft skills" that are so necessary for effective leadership. These include the communication skills, persuasion skills, political savvy, and emotional abilities used by leaders to inspire, motivate, and move followers toward the accomplishment of goals. The book emanates from the two-day-long 21st Kravis-de Roulet leadership conference, which brought together top scholars working in this area. The intent of the conference and this edited volume is to increase understanding of the interpersonal and influence skills, or "soft skills," of the leader, to highlight state-of-the-art research on the topic, and to provide clear, research-based guidelines for the development of leader skills.Chapter authors are recognized experts in their respective areas, and each section of the book will be introduced by an editor-authored chapter reviewing the specific topic area in brief.

Effective Human Relations: Interpersonal And Organizational Applications


Author: Barry Reece,Monique Reece
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305576160
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 464
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Master the human relation skills you need to become successful in today's workplace with one of the most widely used human relations texts available. EFFECTIVE HUMAN RELATIONS incorporates hundreds of examples of real human relations issues and practices in successful companies. This comprehensive 13th edition explores goal- setting, the root causes of negative attitudes, the use of personal branding and social media in the job market, emotional intelligence, positive psychology and happiness, and how companies create a dynamic company cultures. Self-assessments and self-development opportunities throughout the book teach you to assume responsibility for improving your personal skills and competencies. This text will help you gain the insights, knowledge and relationship skills you need to deal successfully with the wide range of people-related challenges in business today. It is a text you can continue to refer to throughout your life! Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Soft Hearts & Hard Times

A Boys Life
Author: Thomas McLoughlin
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595211801
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 348
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Soft Hearts and Hard Times is the true story of a little boy who's age of awareness coincided with beginning of the Great Depression. It tells the story of how he and his family endured; and how the dismal events of the day affected them. It demonstrates how, even in the worst of times, there is still time for a boyish pleasure or two.

Five Stars

The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great
Author: Carmine Gallo
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250183472
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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“As technology threatens to displace countless jobs and skills, the ability to communicate is becoming more important than ever. This book is full of examples to help you get better at transporting your thoughts and emotions into the minds of other people.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg How to master the art of persuasion—from the bestselling author of Talk Like TED. Ideas don’t sell themselves. As the forces of globalization, automation, and artificial intelligence combine to disrupt every field, having a good idea isn’t good enough. Mastering the ancient art of persuasion is the key to standing out, getting ahead, and achieving greatness in the modern world. Communication is no longer a “soft” skill—it is the human edge that will make you unstoppable, irresistible, and irreplaceable—earning you that perfect rating, that fifth star. In Five Stars, Carmine Gallo, bestselling author of Talk Like TED, breaks down how to apply Aristotle’s formula of persuasion to inspire contemporary audiences. As the nature of work changes, and technology carries things across the globe in a moment, communication skills become more valuable—not less. Gallo interviews neuroscientists, economists, historians, billionaires, and business leaders of companies like Google, Nike, and Airbnb to show first-hand how they use their words to captivate your imagination and ignite your dreams. In the knowledge age—the information economy—you are only as valuable as your ideas. Five Stars is a book to help you bridge the gap between mediocrity and exceptionality, and gain your competitive edge in the age of automation. In Five Stars, you will also learn: -The one skill billionaire Warren Buffett says will raise your value by 50 percent. -Why your job might fall into a category where 75 percent or more of your income relies on your ability to sell your idea. -How Airbnb’s founders follow a classic 3-part formula shared by successful Hollywood movies. -Why you should speak in third-grade language to persuade adult listeners. -The one brain hack Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso used to unlock their best ideas.

Fast-Tracking Your Career

Soft Skills for Engineering and IT Professionals
Author: Wushow Chou
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111866213X
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 186
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Fast-Tracking Your Career provides engineers and IT professionals with a complete set of soft skills they can use to become more effective on the job and gain recognition from management and colleagues. The 11 core skills covered here are accompanied by more than 40 detailed guidelines on how to master those skills. The book offers first-rate advice on how to go about acquiring communication skills, people skills, presentation skills, time management skills, and others. Specific examples about current situations are discussed, exploring the impact of the Facebook phenomenon and the subprime mortgage crisis. Visit the author's website for more information: www.FastTrackingCareers.com

Soft Skills Revolution

A Guide for Connecting with Compassion for Trainers, Teams, and Leaders
Author: M. Kamin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118237056
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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Soft skills are the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. In increasingly competitive environments, soft skills training can be a vital resource. Soft Skills Revolution offers trainers, organizational leaders, and HR professionals a handy guide for building their soft skills through a variety of methods including individualized exercises and activities and structured training programs, as well as informal learning, mentoring, and coaching. The book offers readers information on the background of soft skills development, and suggestions for enhancing soft skills through traditional learning programs as well as informal learning approaches. Soft Skills Revolution contains practical guidance for creating an engaging learning experience that highlights such important concepts as: Components for Clear Communication The Power of Yes Listening and the Language of Acceptance A Nine-Step Model for Problem Solving Interventions for Moving a Team to Results Giving Helpful Feedback Moving from Conflict to Cooperation In addition, The Leader's Connection section is designed for upper level management and facilitators who want to help organizational leaders integrate the book's important concepts and skills into their interactions with team and staff members. "Kamin's engaging writing style, deep and down to earth at the same time, makes this book an easy learning experience of the 'hard' soft skills we all need to master. By developing these soft skills we can make our world a better place!" —Isabel Rimanoczy, Legacycoach, Director Minervas, Women Changing the World and author of Big Bang Being "Kamin has mastered the challenge of bringing soft skills to life. Her simple definitions, clear examples, references to seminal authors, focused questions, conceptual frameworks, and helpful hints invite and encourage the reader to make these soft skills her/his own." —Ernie Turner, president, LIM LLC and author of Action Reflection Learning

Soft Skills

The Software Developer's Life Manual
Author: John Z. Sonmez
Publisher: Manning Publications Company
ISBN: 9781617292392
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 470
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Summary Soft Skills: The software developer''s life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important "soft" topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint. Forewords by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) and Scott Hanselman. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. About the Book For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help. Soft Skills: The software developer''s life manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important "soft" subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun-to-read book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person. What''s Inside Boost your career by building a personal brand John''s secret ten-step process for learning quickly Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage Unique strategies for investment and early retirement About the Author John Sonmez is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life. Table of Contents Why this book is unlike any book you''ve ever read SECTION 1: CAREER Getting started with a "BANG!": Don''t do what everyone else does Thinking about the future: What are your goals? People skills: You need them more than you think Hacking the interview Employment options: Enumerate your choices What kind of software developer are you? Not all companies are equal Climbing the corporate ladder Being a professional Freedom: How to quit your job Freelancing: Going out on your own Creating your first product Do you want to start a startup? Working remotely survival strategies Fake it till you make it Resumes are BORING--Let''s fix that Don''t get religious about technology SECTION 2: MARKETING YOURSELF Marketing basics for code monkeys Building a brand that gets you noticed Creating a wildly successful blog Your primary goal: Add value to others #UsingSocialNetworks Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek Writing books and articles that attract a following Don''t be afraid to look like an idiot SECTION 3: LEARNING Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself My 10-step process Steps 1-6: Do these once Steps 7-10: Repeat these Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must. Do you need a degree or can you "wing it?" Finding gaps in your knowledge SECTION 4: PRODUCTIVITY It all starts with focus My personal productivity plan Pomodoro Technique My quota system: How I get way more done than I should Holding yourself accountable Multitasking dos and don''ts Burnout: I''ve got the cure! How you''re wasting your time The importance of having a routine Developing habits: Brushing your code Breaking things down: How to eat an elephant The value of hard work and why you keep avoiding it Any action is better than no action SECTION 5: FINANCIAL What are you going to do with your paycheck? How to negotiate your salary Options: Where all the fun is Bits and bytes of real estate investing Do you really understand your retirement plan? The danger of debt: SSDs are expensive Bonus: How I retired at 33 SECTION 6: FITNESS Why you need to hack your health Setting your fitness criteria Thermodynamics, calories, and you Motivation: Getting your butt out of the chair How to gain muscle: Nerds can have bulging biceps How to get hash-table abs Starting RunningProgram.exe Standing desks and other hacks Tech gear for fitness: Geeking out SECTION 7: SPIRIT How the mind influences the body Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting Building a positive self-image: Programming your brain Love and relationships: Computers can''t hold your hand My personal success book list Facing failure head-on Parting words

The Little Book of Talent

52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
Author: Daniel Coyle
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 034553669X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 160
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A manual for building a faster brain and a better you! The Little Book of Talent is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?” Praise for The Little Book of Talent “The Little Book of Talent should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook—beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science—for nurturing excellence.”—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit “It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour of reading it and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.”—Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence

The Leader's Guide to Emotional Agility (Emotional Intelligence)

How to Use Soft Skills to Get Hard Results
Author: Kerrie Fleming
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1292083077
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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The Leader’s Guide to Emotional Agility takes a new approach to emotional intelligence in action and translates it into critical skills that every leader needs to get the most out of themselves and their people. It outlines 8 steps for achieving emotional agility and resilience: Step 1: Becoming authentic Step 2: Becoming self-aware Step 3: Becoming aware of others Step 4: Using the emotions Step 5: Understanding the emotions Step 6: Managing your own emotions Step 7: Managing the emotions of others Step 8: Mindfulness for leaders The chapters, underpinned with scientific research, offer real-life illustrations from leaders facing real challenges and triumphs, as well as exercises, case studies, tips and strategies to put these steps into action. It also includes a self-assessment at the start of the book to help you find out how emotionally agile you already are. This straight-talking guide is the ultimate guide for busy managers wanting hard advice on how to deal with the softer side of business life.