The Learning & Development industry has seen many changes arise in the way employers think about soft skills such as leadership, communication, and teamwork. These skills have seen a notable increase in focus among organisations but there is one attribute that is beginning to emerge as the single most important business skill to develop this century: Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
‘I am still learning’ Michelangelo said at age 87, two years before his death. Although the Italian artist and architect’s famous quote was written in the 1560s, it can still be applied today, more than ever, to the modern workplace.
It powers the homes we live in; it gets us to and from the office; it allows you to read this article. It’s technology and it’s everywhere. Next to no other sector can compete with the booming growth the world has seen of the tech industry. This development didn’t come from nowhere, however. It has been powered by the hard-working and creative innovators that continue to pursue new heights and break new borders. These individuals have always been at the heart of the industry but have recently begun to be recognised as more than coding machines and data analysers but as the people that through their drive, imagination and emotional intelligence will secure the future of technology. The tech industry is beginning to realise the value and necessity of soft skills and human interaction, not just internally but externally and is continuing to put people more at the core of everything they do, and it’s about time. (more..)
When my brother and I started Bookboon, we had a vision to make learning more accessible, practical and effective, giving people the right personal development content and tools to keep growing throughout their professional careers. This is still at the core of everything we do at Bookboon and everything we plan on doing.
To empower professionals to succeed, we need to make it easy for L&D teams to bring that content and those tools to their co-workers. That’s why we developed our corporate eLibrary – with currently over 1,700 eBooks on soft skills and personal development – in a way that not just focuses on the usability for end users but also making it effortless for L&D managers to implement and maintain. (more..)
Almost as if the clue is in the name, personal development is a very personal journey. The skills one individual would like to improve or develop won’t be the same as those of the next person.
Let’s look at some of the most common personal skills people look to develop. (more..)
What is power? What does it mean to be powerful? To be effective at work and to maximise career potential, you need to develop your personal power. But do you know what makes you powerful? Would you like to find new sources of power and build on your existing strengths? Or perhaps you are just curious about how power works in organisations. The good news is that we are all powerful (even if you don’t feel that right now). The bad news is that this is a confusing and controversial area. (more..)
Your future depends on the decisions you make now. It sounds like a lot of pressure but with a Personal Development Plan, it doesn’t have to be. (more..)
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