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The soft skills gap: ignoring stats for 100 years

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…)

What is LinkedIn? And why should you use it?

Today there are many social media platforms – like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – all offering the chance to network. But only LinkedIn offers a purely business network where members can find out more about your professional situation. (more…)

Why do some insurance companies buy insurance from other insurance companies?

In our first eBook entitled “Principles of Insurance”, it is shown that the insurer will compensate the policyholder who experiences negative economic consequences from a specified insurable event such as fire to residential property, death of a life or diagnosis of a critical illness. For this protection, the policyholder pays a premium to the insurer.

From problem-based learning to coaching and mentoring: An overview of experiential learning models

Experiential learning is learning acquired through action and practice. We learn by interacting with others engaged in meaningful tasks. Here’s an overview of the main experiential learning models. (more…)

10 powerful quotes on soft skills

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…)

When the world’s most standardised company sees a need for soft skills…

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…)

6 steps to mindful living (video)

Our top author of Uncovering Mindfulness, Paul Mudd, has listed 6 simple steps to welcoming mindfulness into your life. What are you waiting for? Click play!


What is gamification? A definition

Gamification definitionWhen I go to networking events or speak to friends and I introduce myself as a gamification designer, immediately the response tends to be: “What is that? You said gam-i-fy…what?”  (more…)

Don’t stop at Blended Learning

Different people learn best in different ways. This means it’s incredibly important that businesses provide their staff with a range of corporate learning opportunities to suit individuals’ learning styles.  (more…)

The limits of the human mind: 4 fascinating examples

Even artificial intelligence scientists say the human mind is the most sophisticated entity they know of. However, the human mind is far from perfect and the following show just four of its limits. (more…)