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13 SOFT SKILLS THAT CAN MAKE YOU STAND OUT FROM YOUR PEERS

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Sometimes you have to just take the initiative and motivate yourself because your biggest supporter may just be waiting on you to make the first move.

We all have some things that we can improve upon, and if you think you don’t, you are only fooling yourself. Life is a continuous learning process, and that means if there is life, we need to keep on learning. To put it differently, understanding oneself and understanding others can make our life much easier and can also, give you the edge over those who are seeking the same position as you. Soft skills, what do you mean? Well, soft skills according to the online dictionary mean “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.”

Remember this; there are others who are working to get the same promotion or position that you are working towards.

Let’s look at soft skills that you may want to think about honing:

  1. Communication skills – you don’t have to be the best orator or writer, but you have to be able to express yourself so that others can understand what you are trying to get across to them.
  2. Adaptability – things are going to change and those who can adapt to the change the best will have a smoother transition and at the same time eliminate the possibility of being frustrated.
  3. Teamwork – being able to work with others can make a difficult task much easier and also, enhance creativity and build positive relationships.
  4. Emotional Intelligence – is having the capability to recognize your own emotions and the emotions of others. Being able to identify the different emotions in yourself and others will help with how you respond to how someone may react to you.
  5. Networking – to network with others is a great way to increase one’s knowledge. As an individual, we are not going to see all the opportunity that is out there and at times what is available may be seen by someone in your network or seen by you that can benefit others. It’s all about upward mobility.
  6. Strong work ethic – if you work for others or yourself having a strong work ethic is vital to achieving one’s goals.
  7. Problem-solving – is the ability to use your creativity, reasoning, experience and information to find solutions to problems. Being able to work under pressure, to solve daily problems is always a plus being that you work for others or yourself.
  8. Taking initiative – it is always great to do what you are supposed to do without someone have to tell you constantly what to do. Doing so can increase your value to your organization and can also give you the edge among your peers.
  9. Decision making – don’t be the one still wondering what to do. Decision making is critical to your advancement and when we are faced different situations we have to decide what action is best to take.
  10. Inspiring and motivating others – you can be the influence to those around you, and you can do that through what you do and what you say.
  11. Critical Thinking – in today’s world we are bombarded with so much and therefore, it is imperative that we have the ability to engage in reflective thinking and independent thinking. In fact, to be a critical thinker is more than having the knowledge but to know how to apply the knowledge that he or she knows.
  12. Dealing with difficult people – understanding others will make it easier to deal with others who are difficult, and you are going to have a difficult person to deal with if you haven’t already.
  13. Entrepreneurial thinking – things have changed and even if you are working for someone you still want to be able to think of new ways to do what you are already doing. Besides, no matter what you are doing you should have a mindset of achieving greatness.

If you haven’t already, start looking at challenges with a new eye. See those challenges as opportunities.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO GO BEYOND LIMITATIONS. IT MAY NOT BE EASY, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE.

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Question 2: How Do You Deal With Diversity In The Workplace?

Question 2Question 2. How do you deal with diversity in the workplace?

I will start by saying that diversity in the workplace plays an integral role in increasing productivity. In fact, where diversity is concerned, it doesn’t only entail the ethnicity in the workplace but all of the demographics of the people who art a part of the workforce. What is so awesome about diversity is that with it comes different approaches that can increase productivity, different viewpoints that make solving problems easier and different perspectives on serving a diverse customer base. Therefore, diversity is important and any organization that wants to have a broader scope of things has to embrace diversity in the workplace. Being from Jamaica and now living in the United States, I have worked in various organizations and have witnessed how different leaders deal with diversity in the workplace. One thing that stood out for me while I was working was that I had a perception of myself and also a perception about the other employees. Sometimes, those perceptions prevented effective interaction.

So, how do we deal with diversity in the workplace in order to get the most favorable results from the employees? Remember, diversity is not solely about the ethnicity of the workers, but the focus is on the entire demographic.  To make diversity work in the workplace you will have to celebrate the differences of your employees. Doing so will make each person feel appreciated. Also, you want to treat every worker the same (with fairness) without showing favoritism because of one’s status. Doing so will help prevent discrimination among workers. Furthermore, you want to encourage interaction among workers, because when they find an affinity with another worker they will in turn work better with each other. By the same token, you need to encourage diversity when creating teams within the organization and share the benefits of diversity at quarterly meetings. What we have to remember is that, we may not see things the same way; we may not go by doing things the same way; we all may not have the same outlook on life; we all may have different ways of being productive and that is perfectly fine. However, to be extraordinary and to maximize your productivity you must combine your differences for the greater good of your organization.

A diverse workforce is vital for today’s workplace.

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