180 - Soft Skills Are Caught More Than Taught

Posted April 16, 2021 by Mark Perna

Episode: 180

Episode Title: Soft Skills Are Caught More Than Taught

 

When it comes to soft skills, more is caught than taught. So how are you modeling these crucial workplace and life skills? Let’s talk about it, coming up next on the Syndicate.

 

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Hello and welcome—you’re now in The Perna Syndicate! Yesterday we talked about the rise of soft (or professional) skills in the virtual workplace. As the world moves toward a hybrid of virtual and in-person interaction, these traits will only become more important. 

 

Professional skills are human skills: the ability to adapt, to communicate clearly, to lead, to empathize, to resolve conflict, to empower others, to accept feedback, to be passionate about what you do. These are things that AI can’t replicate, and they will mark the success of the future workforce. That future starts now. 

 

It’s long been said that more is caught than taught. I think this is especially true in the realm of professional skills, where young people are always observing how those of us in leadership positions handle challenging situations. 

 

It’s worth asking ourselves, what professional skills are we putting on display in our daily interactions with the younger generations? Do we maintain a positive attitude? Are we clear about expectations, while giving young people what they need to meet them? How is our communication? How do we handle change? How do we manage stress? Can a younger person look to us as a role model in these areas?

 

No one’s perfect; we’re all a work in progress. As we strive to be the best version of ourselves every day, let’s give a little attention to our professional skill set. The next generation is watching, and we have to walk the walk if we want them to do the same.

  

I appreciate you tuning in to The Perna Syndicate this week. Keep empowering your career journey with more insights from my blog at MarkCPerna.com. Until next week!


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