Skills, competencies, and moving forward

Clark Quinn

I was asked, recently, about skills versus competencies. The context was an individual who saw orgs having competency frameworks, but only focusing on skill development. But then I could see where the emphasis should be on skills, competencies, and moving forward.

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soft skills are human skills

Harold Jarche

What are often referred to as ‘soft skills’ are becoming more important than traditional hard skills. First of all, work in networks requires different skills than in controlled hierarchies. Work Skills. In 2003 the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas identified emotional intelligence, imagination, and creativity as emerging business skills. Soft skills are becoming more important than hard skills. Skills & Competencies. Skills.

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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. SOFT SKILLS. Companies are realizing that they can train for hard (temporary) skills so they are focusing on hiring for soft (permanent, meta skills ).

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more than re-skilling

Harold Jarche

Here is the advice of the co-founder of Degreed on a ‘ workplace self-training paradigm ‘ First, encourage them to think of reskilling as a game — one they now have more control over winning … Next, help workers manage their skills with regular checkups to evaluate their current expertise against market conditions … Finally, work with employees to pinpoint opportunities to put their new skills into action. Why should re-skilling be an individual activity?

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My Big Beef With The Term “Soft Skills”

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: There is no such thing as "soft skills." Dan's Related Posts: LinkedIn Skills – Useful or Useless? Docking Employee Pay to Improve Their Skills is Dubious if not Dumb. leadership linkedin professional development soft skillsWhy do companies keep using the term? For every fall there is a spring in our step. My Definition of Work and an Update on Book Two.

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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. Add up to a maximum of 50 skills. Endorse your 1st degree connections’ skills. Again, it’s interesting … but I doubt the 25 hottest skills list actually helps you personally.

Developing learning to learn skills

Clark Quinn

So I thought I’d rant, for a post, on what is involved in developing learning to learn skills. What are learning to learn skills? Most importantly, you have to develop the skills. Develop learning t0 learn skills consciously, and conscientiously. The post Developing learning to learn skills appeared first on Learnlets. I’m an advocate of meta-learning, that is: learning to learn.

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Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me now discuss the more recent report published earlier this year, which examined the changes in skills required of human workers over the next 10-15 years. To do so, the study analyzed how the total number of hours worked in 25 different skill areas has changed between 2002 and 2016 and estimated the expected change in hours worked by 2030. I’ll focus my discussion on the US skill changes, as the European changes were similar.

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digital workforce skills

Harold Jarche

“Are there new ways to think about our digital workplace skills that allows us to take our thinking up to a new plane, the next meta-level of thinking and working where we have much higher leverage, can manage change that is an order of magnitude or greater in volume than today, work in fundamentally better and smarter new ways — and perhaps even work a bit less — yet produce much more value?”. Dion Hinchcliffe asks What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce?

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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. Digital transformation requires a workforce with the ability to master all three complementary skill-sets.

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Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

71% of Americans with a college education or more said that they have the right skills to succeed in the 21st century, compared to 42% of those with a high school education or less. It found that employment growth was highest in occupations requiring higher social or analytical skills, - those skills we most associate with a college education. A few numbers illustrate this skills and education premium.

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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. Working and learning out loud are the base skills that support the ongoing cooperation required in network era organizations. If these Teal practices, identified by Frederic Laloux , are followed, then leadership is a skill needed by all.

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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? . This critical question was addressed in a recent paper , Racing With and Against the Machine: Changes in Occupational Skill Composition in an Era of Rapid Technological Advance , by MIT’s Frank MacCrory , George Westerman and Erik Brynjolfsson along with Yousef Alhammadi from the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi.

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Turning Talent into Skills and Skills into Success

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Where skills are really needed - I appreciate what other countries have done. Africa is facing a bigger skills training challenge. Africa;s skills development must be directly reflated to economic structures. We need the basic skills. Summary of a talk by Ekwow Spio-Garbrah at eLearning Africa. The challenge for everyone is to find out how gto give back before moving to the next level of existence. Mentorship is one very important way to do so.

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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. A recent academic paper from the Association for Psychological Science examined various methods to improve learning. In this monograph, we discuss 10 learning techniques in detail and offer recommendations about their relative utility.

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“the number one critical skill set”

Harold Jarche

The more I am out there chatting to clients, the more I realise that your PKM approach is the number one critical skill set. “Imagine you’re trying to fix a problem, dealing with a crisis, or even just replying to someone, responding to a query, thinking about a possible solution. Most people deal with the issue at hand. That’s great already! But if your KM meta reflex kicks in, all of a sudden you see another arc: Hold on a minute! Is this a one-off? Or something likely to happen again?

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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. Cooperative skills include sharing openly with colleagues, communicating effectively, and networking to improve business performance. In addition, social media require new skills, beyond traditional face to face interchanges. Structures + Skills + Tools.

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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?

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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. Deming’s paper shows that over the past several decades, labor markets have been increasingly rewarding social skills , that is, interpersonal skills that facilitate interactions and communications with others. Since 2000, the growth of high-skill jobs has markedly slowed down.

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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. In the early 21st century, it’s time for all professionals to develop net work skills. Tweet Imagine if we limited our conversations to only those in the same office.

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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?

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6 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills

Online Personality Tests

Developing your leadership skills and abilities is a lifelong pursuit. Here are 6 of the best strategies to help you improve your leadership skills. It might seem backward, that giving would allow you to develop your leadership skills. Learn more effective strategies to improve your leadership skills with the leadership assessment test, What’s Your Color (DISC) report. The post 6 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills appeared first on Online Personality Tests.

6 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills

KCC Business Psychology

Developing your leadership skills and abilities is a lifelong pursuit. Here are 6 of the best strategies to help you improve your leadership skills. It might seem backward, that giving would allow you to develop your leadership skills. Learn more effective strategies to improve your leadership skills with the leadership assessment test, What’s Your Color (DISC) report. The post 6 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills appeared first on KCC Positive Business Psychology.

4 Ways to Make Your Management Skills More Effective

Online Personality Tests

Here are some skills you can sharpen to boost your leadership skills and help your team be more effective and increase results. By developing these four management skills, a good leader is on the journey to becoming a great leader. More Tools to Develop Your Management Skills. The post 4 Ways to Make Your Management Skills More Effective appeared first on Online Personality Tests.

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. Billable skills come in handy when the pressure is on. The future manager, or support specialist, will have to have a T-shaped set of skills. The writing is on the wall.

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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. With technology accelerating change in the marketplace and automation replacing highly skilled workers with robots, the decision to invest in any particular set of skills is far from obvious. Empty platitudes about “upgrading skills” and “investing in our people” will not suffice.

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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. I wondered what had changed in the last four years and if these thoughts were still pertinent. Here’s what I asked: What has changed? What has not? Do you agree with the thoughts here?

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4 Ways to Make Your Management Skills More Effective

KCC Business Psychology

Here are some skills you can sharpen to boost your leadership skills and help your team be more effective and increase results. By developing these four management skills, a good leader is on the journey to becoming a great leader. More Tools to Develop Your Management Skills. The post 4 Ways to Make Your Management Skills More Effective appeared first on KCC Positive Business Psychology.

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. Daniel Goleman calls these skills ‘Emotional Intelligence.’ Like any skill, one’s ability to empathize broadly and deeply can weaken when not actively practiced.

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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. Daniel Goleman calls these skills ‘Emotional Intelligence.’ Qualities of emotional intelligence include, amongst others, social skills and empathy.

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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). But, as businesses transform into social businesses, the social workplace is going to become more and more reliant on these skills. But as for the new social and collaboration skills that workers require, well you simply can’t train people to be social!

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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. Here are some questions that personal knowledge management can address: How do I keep track of all of this information? >> >> start small. How do I make sense of changing conditions and new knowledge? >> >> curation.

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Hard numbers on soft skills

Jay Cross

Has key technical skills that help him or her advise the team. Google is all about the numbers. Questioning the value of management, the Googlers founded Project Oxygen to investigate the characteristics of successful and less successful managers. Employee surveys and performance reviews pinpointed eight key behaviors of the company’s most effective managers. A good manager: 1. Is a good coach.

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Learnlets » Teacher Skills

Clark Quinn

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Analytics Training Isn’t Enough, Skill, re-skill and re-skill again, Hone Your Data B t Detector, and more

Jane Hart

MWL Newsletter No 25: News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 30 July – 5 August 2017. Social learning

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Network Skills

Tony Karrer

I personally believe that one of the areas where learning professionals need the most help is how communities and networks impact learning and building individual and facilitation skills around these: Knowing how to individually leverage Network Skills and Communities to help with work and learning tasks Community and Network Facilitation Skills to help others learn and work using networks and communities In my post Networks and Learning Communities , I looked a bit at this topic.

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Leadership Skills: Motivate for Success

Online Personality Tests

The post Leadership Skills: Motivate for Success appeared first on Online Personality Tests. Great Leaders Create Great Leaders. We’ve all faced the temptation as leaders to simply direct people by letting them know what we need done. Sometimes it feels like if people would just do what we want them to do the way we want them to do it, everything would be so simple.

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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Skills Training

Tony Karrer

Skills Gap There's a great post by Catherine Lombardozzi - Learning 2.0 that discusses the skills that "many employees … well beyond school … could use help in developing … skills are different." She goes on to list out the skills and I think it's quite a good list. Skills Training? for Service Professionals, it made me start to really question - Do Concept Workers need some kind of Skills Training to keep up?

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Co-operation: from soft skill to hard skill

Harold Jarche

What are known as soft skills , like getting along with others, are becoming much more important than commonly known hard skills. People skills, while a bonus, were not seen as an essential, despite the fact that fewer than half of CEOs globally (and around a third in the UK) felt their HR department could manage the people agenda adequately by itself. Co-operation is a soft skill?

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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 […].

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Close the Retail Skills Gap with an Online Learning Platform

TOPYX LMS

Retail skills are critical to the success of both a retail worker and a company, but many people lack these skills. This has created a skills gap in the retail sector. The NRF Foundation acknowledged the retail skills gap and launched a training and credentialing initiative designed to provide individuals with the skills they need to obtain retail jobs.

What to Learn- Core Skills or 21st Century Skills?

Kevin Wheeler

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