Jun 25

Stronger leadership skills

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If someone asked you to say what the basics of good leadership are, what would you tell them? Perhaps you’d use phrases like “having integrity,” “inspiring people,” “leading from the front,” and a whole range of other phrases besides that. Good leadership involves many different attributes, but there are common factors that link many of […]

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Jun 24

Soft skills

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Soft or social skills (also called non-technical skills) refer to a combination of personal attributes, emotional skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills that equip a person to fit into a social structure. They also include the set of personal values which determines a person’s ability to work well with others. Effective communication, leadership, problem solving abilities, critical […]

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Jun 24

Effective communication skills

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The aim of communication is to get our message across to others clearly and unambiguously. For this, we must understand what our message is, who the audience is and how it will be perceived. We must weigh-in the circumstances surrounding our communications, such as the situational and cultural context.  Effective communication and soft skills not […]

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Jun 24

Presentation skills

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Presentation is a form of communication. We are trying to communicate to the audience our knowledge, beliefs, estimations regarding a specific topic and/or present the results of data analysis or the results of a research etc. A presentation can be adjusted to several speaking situations, such as talking to a small group or to a […]

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Jun 24

Persuasiveness

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Persuasiveness is a soft skill that concerns the process of convincing a person to carry out an action or agree with a particular idea.  In fact, persuasiveness is strictly connected with the concept of influence. This is the ability of a person to affect, to shape, to change the opinions, the behaviours, or the actions […]

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Jun 24

Nonverbal communication and Reading body language

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For 29 % of people, new information comes through vision (learning by seeing, or so-called visualics), 34% learn by listening (auditorics), and 37% by movement (kinesthetics). Whether knowingly of it or not, when a person interacts with others, he or she is continuously giving and receiving wordless signals. All the nonverbal behaviors—the gestures a person […]

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Jun 24

Active Listening

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Active listening is the process by which an individual secures information from another individual or group.  The “active” element involves fully concentrating on what is being said, paying attention to the conversation, not interrupting, and taking the time to understand what the speaker is discussing.  It involves listening with all senses and giving full attention […]

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Jun 24

Clarity (Clear concept of the information you need to deliver/present)

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Clarity is one of the essential components of effective communication and it refers to the structure of our thoughts in a logical sequence and choice of the right words. When listeners struggle to understand you, they eventually ignore you (https://voiceandspeech.com/clear-communication-skills/). To maintain clarity in communication, you’ll need to: ensure what you are saying makes sense; […]

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Jun 24

Emotion control and Stress Management

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Interpersonal skills are the behaviours and tactics a person uses to interact with others effectively, both individually and in groups. They include a wide range of skills, but particularly communication skills such as listening and effective speaking. They also include the ability to control and manage your emotions. You will find out how your emotional […]

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Jun 24

Creativity

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Exercising your creative thinking skills is a critical part of life, no matter the field you work on. According to Alves et al, (2005), creativity can in a simple way be identified as the generation of ideas whereas innovation implies the transformation of these ideas into a new product or service for someone to buy […]

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Jun 24

Strategic planning: analysis and evaluation, creating solutions and projecting outcomes

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Generally, networking is explained as the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal social setting. Networking often begins with a single point of common ground. But what is networking about, indeed? There are 3 main concepts of networking among public members: Networking is a […]

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Jun 24

Performing under pressure

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he term “performing under pressure” is usually mentioned in professional life but we may also have to perform under pressure in our personal life. We might come across performance under pressure, when we lack the expertise or knowledge required to complete a task (Bigelow, 2019). Performing under pressure requires effective emotional management, so that feelings, […]

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Jun 24

Giving clear feedback

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„Knowing what your strengths are is the most important thing an individual can know about himself or herself. “ Peter F. Drucker, management thinker Feedback is probably one of the most difficult and sensitive processes in interpersonal communication.  ‘It is easy to hurt people with criticism, but false compliments are also unhelpful.  P. F. Drucker […]

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Jun 24

Supervising and Mentoring

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Mentorship is described as a dedicated relationship whereby a senior or more experienced person provides advice, counselling, and development opportunities to shape the career experience of a junior person through both career and psychological support (Eby, 1997). Mentoring can bring about a range of benefits for low qualified adults, such as improved relationships, increased communication […]

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Jun 24

Empowerment and Motivation

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Empowerment is suggested to encompass individual goals (e.g., ability, autonomy, control and self-efficacy) and acts as a process for personal development (Hansson and Björkman, 2005); in addition, it is defined as a process through which people gain greater control over decisions and actions, set new goals and develop of methods and strategies to reach the […]

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Jun 24

Creative and critical thinking

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Critical thinking vs Creative thinking Critical and creative thinking skills are perhaps the most fundamental skills involved in making judgments and solving problems.  The ability to think critically about a matter—to analyze a question, situation, or problem down to its most basic parts—is what helps us evaluate the accuracy and truthfulness of statements, claims, and […]

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Jun 24

Flexibility

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Flexible thinking is the ability to shift thinking or attention in response to a switch in rules, or to new or unexpected situations. Flexible thinking is also referred to as mental flexibility or cognitive flexibility. (https://mindprintlearning.com/blog/flexible-thinking/) We can say that flexible thinking is the ability to adapt our own behaviours in the moment depending on the situation and […]

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Jun 24

Critical observation

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Pay attention to the small things. They turn into big things. (Jocko Willink) Critical observation is the ability to notice subtle details or gain them through analysis that allows to maneuver situations more tactfully. Our observation skills inform us about objects, events, attitudes and phenomena using one or more senses, thus forming a basis for […]

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Jun 24

Thinking outside the box

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The expression “thinking outside the box” is a metaphor that generally means approaching problems in new, innovative ways, conceptualizing complicated situations differently and comprehending them by numerous points of view, in relation to several particular conditions.  Thinking outside the box is complex, in particular due to the fact mankind is composed of beings full of […]

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Jun 24

Critical thinking

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Critical Thinking is the ability to evaluate information to determine whether it is right or wrong. To think critically about an issue or a problem means to be open-minded and consider alternative ways of looking at solutions. Nowadays, critical thinking is defined as the ability to think clearly and rationally, making reasoned judgments that are […]

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Jun 24

Receptiveness to other’s ideas and new information

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As stated in the dictionary, “to be receptive” means to be open to new ideas or change. If you’re responsive to other people’s suggestions and not set in your ways, then you’re not only receptive, but flexible. (https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/receptive) Receptive individuals are more willing to physically expose themselves to the opposing views of others. In everyday life, […]

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Jun 24

Availability for discussion and collaboration

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‘Discussion’ refers to examining the topic thoroughly to reach a conclusion. Collectively, it is called Group discussion which means the exchange of ideas by participating candidates on a specific subject or topic. The whole concept is to bring collectively a unit of people on a common platform to share their ideas. http://targetstudy.com/articles/importance-of-group-discussion.html ‘Collaboration’ is all […]

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Jun 24

Better Teamwork, Efficiency and Productivity

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The ability to simultaneously perform as an individual and together with people in effective teamwork is key to attaining growth and success. That is why, the importance of teamwork is essential in today’s multidisciplinary world. Moreover, it is proven that teamwork improves the overall efficiency and productivity, because it allows the workload to be shared, […]

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Jun 24

Internal communication

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Internal communication is the function responsible for effective communications among participants within an organization. The scope of the function varies by organization and practitioner, from producing and delivering messages and campaigns on behalf of management, to facilitating two-way dialogue and developing the communication skills of the organization’s participants (Wikipedia, 2021). Internal communication has been constantly recognized by management […]

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Jun 24

Independence

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What is autonomy in the workplace Autonomy has long been established as a critical component of professional work. Traditionally, autonomy has been examined as the extent to which an individual or a professional group controls the decisions and knowledge used in their work (VanHeuvelen, 2020). Job autonomy is the freedom given to employees to make […]

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Jun 24

Respect towards each other

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We are going through an era when it is now easier than ever for everyone to express his/her opinions, especially owing to the wide use of social media. However, the question is, has this opportunity of expressing our ideas freely made us more tolerant and helped us show respect to opinions that might be totally […]

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Jun 24

Diversity awareness

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In recent years, due to the increasing level of immigration, cultural exchange and cosmopolitanism, diversity has become a popular topic.  The concept “diversity” could be shortly expressed with a single word: differences. Human diversity refers to the differences between people; each of us lives in a rich and infinite variety of mankind. So, diversity awareness […]

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Jun 24

Reliability / honesty

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What is reliability? The term “reliability” refers not only to the state, when someone does what he/she was committed to do, but also to the ability to look around and realize the tasks needed to be carried out, and then perform them. Although it might sound simple, reliability requires itself a variety of other personal […]

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