soft skills are permanent skills

Harold Jarche

Are soft skills the new hard skills? I would suggest that hard skills are really temporary skills. Soft skills are permanent ones. In a recent New York Times article the company LinkedIn had identified a number of currently in-demand skills. HARD SKILLS.

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LinkedIn Skills – Useful or Useless?

Dan Pontefract

LinkedIn Skills. LinkedIn itself states the following: LinkedIn Skills & Endorsements helps you discover the expertise that other professionals have. You can: Add a skill to the Skills & Endorsements section of your profile from the Edit Profile page.

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Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

The core skills for this emerging workplace are: 1) working & learning out loud 2) cooperating, 3) collaborating, and 4) connected leadership. Developing these skills, like adding value to information, takes time and practice.

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digital workforce skills

Harold Jarche

Dion Hinchcliffe asks What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce? and provides an image that addresses a good spectrum of skills for the network era. I would like to add my perspective to each of these seven digital workplace skills.

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digital transformation skills

Harold Jarche

In looking at Oscar’s expanded canvas I see that digital transformation – the ability to work in a networked ecosystem – requires three interdependent skill-sets. The foundation for these skills is a democratic organization based on loose hierarchies and strong networks.

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Service Design Soft Skill Builder: Empathy

Adaptive Path

I fundamentally believe empathy is a foundational soft skill in design practice. And in service design–with its aim to connect and orchestrate people outside, inside, and across organizations–empathy is the first skill I recommend to people 2 to build and sharpen.

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Sense-making Skills

Harold Jarche

They enable people to start small, and develop initial curation skills, but they are not enough. The most difficult part of personal knowledge mastery is developing a sense-making routine.

Net Work Skills

Harold Jarche

With social media, anyone can easily create digital content and collaborate with others without any special programming skills. And the kinds of skills needed for all professionals today are not so much specific social media platforms, but rather changes in attitudes and perspective.

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it’s not a skills gap

Harold Jarche

The lack of skills is not the main problem facing most organizations today, in spite of what many managers and executives might say. Researchers Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington identified several factors contributing to hiring challenges, but a widespread lack of skilled workers was not one them … The Iowa researchers’ conclusion?

The Growing Value of Social Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read a very interesting paper, The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market , by Harvard professor David Deming. Since 2000, the growth of high-skill jobs has markedly slowed down.

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How will these relentless advances in technology and automation affect the balance between humans and machines in the workplace, and the skill composition of future jobs? . Complementarity across skills has increased, boosting the need for worker flexibility.

Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

Jane Hart

OK, these skills are not actually “new” – they’ve always been present – but perhaps they have not always been as visible as they should have been, as Oscar Berg explains in The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg).

The Modern L&D Dept requires other skills than instructional design

Jane Hart

Instructional Design is for designing instruction. But in the workplace we don’t just learn from instruction, i.e. by being taught in classroom training or online courses. We learn in many different ways – from information, from working with our teams as well as through our own experiences in doing our jobs. In fact most of the […]. Social learning

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Professional Development in Social Learning: 3 different skill areas

Jane Hart

I’m constantly asked by Learning & Development professionals where they can learn more about social learning. First of all I guess we need to be quite clear what we mean by the term “social learning:â?¦

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Those hard soft-skills

Harold Jarche

Tweet Soft skills , especially collaboration and networking, will become more important than traditional hard skills. Smart employers have always focused more on attitude than any specific skill-set because they know they can train for a lack of skills and knowledge. Soft skills require time, mentoring, informal learning and management support. Soft skills for the networked workplace are foundational competencies. So what are these so-called softs skills?

Building the new skills of the connected workplace

Jane Hart

Developing, supporting, and encouraging people to use a range of new social workplace skills will be just as important. Becoming a successful business in the networked era will require more than just the adoption of social technologies.

The skills gap is a learning gap

Harold Jarche

We don’t even know what skills to prepare for, but most people agree that we all need to keep on learning if we wish to remain relevant at work, in our professions, or in life. Empty platitudes about “upgrading skills” and “investing in our people” will not suffice.

The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

The soft skills. Those skills that are hardly taught anymore when you are hired into a company and that, in most cases, are always treated, and considered, as a given. Again, touching base on the soft skills.

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Why individuals need to be self-managed learners – and how to build the new skills

Jane Hart

In my previous blog post I talked about why ORGANISATIONS need self-managed learners, so in this post I want to look at why INDIVIDUALS need to be self-managed learners. The world is changing fast, and this is having an impact on the world of work. So, for instance, there is no such thing as a job for […]. Social learning

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Digital Learning Skills for the Networked Age (Online Workshop)

Jane Hart

Next public workshop runs Part A: 13 October – 7 November 2014 (4 weeks) Part B: 24 November – 19 December (4 weeks) In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about studying existing bodies of knowledge and acquiring existing skills in formal courses but adopting a new set of learning strategies to […].

Structures, skills and tools

Harold Jarche

The innovative work structures required for complex economies need to be supported by skilled workers with the right tools. Modelling collaboration skills throughout the enterprise is even better. Structures + Skills + Tools.

Flatter hierarchies require deeper skills

Harold Jarche

In an interconnected work environment, people with only broad skills are no longer required. People with general management skills are becoming less valuable to the organization. You need to have business skills in addition to general ones. The writing is on the wall.

What leadership skills do nonprofit emerging leaders need to succeed?

Beth Kanter

Are leadership skills different for emerging “Millennial” leaders than for people from different generations? Or is there a set of skills fundamental to every level? The most needed skills differed by their level but also by the type of job they held.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth Kanter

The skills that we are focusing on are “networked leadership” skills both online and offline and working with self and working with others. The specific practice skills include these three: Ask empowering questions. Flickr Photo by qwrrty.

Basic Skills for Net Work

Harold Jarche

How can I develop and improve critical thinking skills? >> >> net work skills. We are starting the online PKM Workshop this week, with a free webinar on 5 September.

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Docking Employee Pay to Improve Their Skills is Dubious if not Dumb

Dan Pontefract

I read with disdain about IBM’s dubious plan to reduce the pay of some of its workers by 10 percent in order for them to improve their skills. He asked IBM spokeswoman Trink Guarino about the initiative: “IBM is implementing a skills development program for a small number of U.S.

Improving Your Presentation Skills – Part Deux

Luis Suarez

I am sure that you would probably still remember how a couple of weeks back I put together a blog post where I shared a good number of resources with plenty of hints and tips on helping “ Improve Your Presentation Skills “ No wonder.

The Business Value of Serendipity: Improving Your Presentation Skills

Luis Suarez

Yes, of course, I am talking about learning plenty more about killer presentation skills. but still wonderfully accurate on the state of not just “ Death by PowerPoint “, but overall presentation skills in general.

Year Zero: The Future of Communication Skills in Corporations

Dan Pontefract

The very basic skill of communication is changing right before our ears. So what relevance does this have to the behaviour of human interaction and our own employment of communication skills?

From creating content to building new connected workplace skills – this is the NEW work for learning professionals

Jane Hart

Over the last few years I have been observing (as well as writing about) three significant things that are happening in the context of workplace learning: An increasing number of knowledge workers are finding their own solutions to their individual and team learning and performance problems on the Social Web – and in doing so [.]. Social learning

How Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Can Build Emotional Intelligence Skills: There’s An App for That!

Beth Kanter

skills. Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness , self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Emotional Intelligence is a flexible skill that can be readily acquired and practiced.

21st Century L&D Skills

Charles Jennings

I was recently involved in a discussion about 21st Century learning skills in one of the LinkedIn Groups. Jarche also challenges one of the basic tenets of L&D departments – that they should focus on developing the skills of individuals in their organisation.

An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills

David Weinberger

I’ve been interested in the potential of running a massive open online course for basic skills for a while now. Overview of the MOOC for basic skills plan. Free online course teaching basic skills for success at university.

Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization

Ross Dawson

I was interested in the skills we identified that are clearly vitally important to successful organizations, yet often significantly underdeveloped. Fostering conversation can be helped by appropriate technologies and processes, but most importantly it requires skills, both at executive level and through the organization. These skills include: - Conversational skills. Social media skills. Communication channel skills. Context skills.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell , Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.

Building success in the future of work: T-shaped, Pi-shaped, and Comb-shaped skills

Ross Dawson

In her presentation Prof Mather discussed the skills required for data analytics, in the context of a new Master of Business Analytics program the University is launching this year. As we chatted before the event this morning we started talking about “T-shaped” skills.

“Learning the new” vs “Learning the old”

Jane Hart

Currently this is where corporate e-learning focuses its efforts - delivering online learning experiences for its people to acquire existing bodies of knowledge or skill – it’s all about learning the old.

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Too Much Information or a Skills Gap

Tony Karrer

It's a big skills, knowledge, performance gap – see Work Skills Keeping Up. Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI? Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes ). Wesley points us to a post by Kevin Washburn “TMI! Information Overload and Learning.”

Getting Insight from Facebook Insight Requires Sense Making Skills

Beth Kanter

Sense-making is an essential workplace skill along with several others. Robin Good curated this article about research on future workplace skills. The skills are: Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed. [link].

Skills 2.0 redux

Harold Jarche

What do you think are Skills 2.0, or perhaps even Skills 3.0, Here is the article, Skills 2.0 (PDF). We are now in the second week of our Summer Camp on informal and social learning. The first week’s assignment was to read and comment on an article I wrote in 2008.