We often lie in bed at night and think “Right. Tomorrow I’m going to be productive. I’m going to check everything off of my list: wake up early, cook a healthy breakfast, organise my desk, answer all of my emails, crush my deadlines, go for a run…” and the list goes on. Often we end up waking up with that same motivation but quickly become distracted and achieve less than half of what we set out to do. This can leave us feeling frustrated and cause us to put our tasks off until tomorrow once again. Rinse, repeat and what do you have? Well, you’ve got poor time management. Don’t worry, most of us do too.
Tag Archives: Soft Skills
It is reportedly ‘a key moment in Brexit negotiations’ which would suggest that an agreement between the UK and the EU could be finalised any day now. Yet it appears that any solution could also be far from being on the horizon and those optimistic for a decision to be made soon will likely have to continue to be patient. (more…)
In this digital age both businesses and individuals are increasingly forgetful about the power of good old-fashioned people skills.
The fact of the matter is that all companies rely entirely on the people working within them, and that’s what determines their success. So, people skills really do matter, both internally and externally in business. Here are four key reasons why you need to think about people skills within your workforce. (more…)
The growing importance of soft skills in the workplace has been well documented. As recent generations have devoted more and more time and energy to the development of digital skills, we’ve seen a visible decline in the standard of soft skills. (more…)
Whether during the sales process or afterwards, customers are happy and will feel positive towards your brand when they feel like they’ve been listened to, they understand the product, the services and related processes and any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively. (more…)
Much has been written about millennials in the workplace and the generation gap that exists in organisations between those that have grown up with digital technologies and those that haven’t. (more…)
In a recent study West Monroe polled more than 600 HR and recruiting professionals about the importance of soft skills for hiring technology employees and 650 business professionals on how they work with their technology teams.
The results highlight how soft skills are still often not being nurtured sufficiently amongst IT professionals, leading to suboptimal business performance. (more…)
In 2016 a group of researchers from Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center extrapolated statistics from “A Study of Engineering Education”, authored by Charles Riborg Mann and published in 1918.
They concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge, i.e. hard skills. (more…)
One of the reasons we started Bookboon so many years ago is because we truly believe that soft skills are at the core of any successful business and any successful career. And we’re more passionate than ever about the power that soft skills hold.
Hence I love reading quotes from leading individuals in business, politics or media that iterate the importance of soft skills. Here are ten of my favourites. (more…)
In case studies and textbooks all over the world, people have studied the success of McDonald’s, which many attribute to the standardisation of its products, ways of working and branding.
So when the business that is the epitome of efficiency and standardisation starts talking about soft skills, we’d better listen. (more…)