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Behavioral skills are tomorrow’s success!

There is a lot of talk about the challenges in hiring and recruiting skilled employees. To make it more concerning industry analysts are warning employers that college graduates that meet technical job-specific skills today will need to upskill and be trained for the same role in about 6 years.

Perhaps it’s time to examine the real needs of the organization today and in the next 24 to 36 months. New research on successful candidates reveal the need employers have is centered more on behavioral skills so while technical skills might get you the job it is the competencies, behavioral skills, around communication, adaptability, prioritization and time management, working on and with teams – these Higher Order Thinking Skills are needed for employees to be successful operating across functional, organizational, and time-defined boundaries.

Check out this video and let’s discuss how we can partner with you to define the real-world behavioral skills these roles need and create the path forward to bring people with purpose into a productive environment.

If you would like to learn how to implement and use workflow learning and develop thinking workers using learning as a strategic business tool send me an email or call me and let’s talk! Use the contact button above or visit our web site!

Coaching – it’s where leadership begins

I had an amazing leader once, she later told me she enjoyed how I could make her ideas actually work but what I am forever grateful for is that she gave me a gift of feedback on Capturehow I came across – I’ll share with you my #1 strength is focus so when I am really listening to someone I am locked in and my problem solving skills kick in by listing all the barriers and challenges of the situation being discussed.

Instead of telling me directly that I came across as negative she began the process by asking me what I was thinking and then shared that she thought I was upset by my reaction. Then she suggested I ask a question or 3 to give myself some time to think thru the situation, and she also suggested I smile.  You see, if I can figure out the barriers then I can start the solution process but what she shared was that while she knew I would solve the problem getting there was painful.  She coached me on a life skill that helped me at home and at work!

It used to be that you got a coach when you weren’t performing, and coaches were only for senior leaders.  What we see now is that coaching is an integral component of leadership development.  Coaching can help people develop and hone their skills and abilities and move forward on a performance and career pathway by dealing with issues that could become problems if not identified early –like my list of barriers instead of listening and asking questions and smiling leading to solutions.

There are other advantages too and if you would like to learn how to design and implement coaching into your leadership development process check out this short video, Coaching – it’s where leadership begins.  If you would like to learn more about using learning as a strategic business tool send me an email or call and let’s talk!