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Why soft skills should be at the heart of your people strategy

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Ask any company where most of their budget goes and, chances are, the answer will be the same across the board: people. The individuals that make a company tick also often happen to be the company’s highest cost factor. If technology was a company’s most budget-draining factor, that company would likely want to ensure the technology they were investing in was efficient and up-to-date. Yet, many companies aren’t taking that same focus and investing in developing their biggest cost factor, the people who work for them.  

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Emotional intelligence: definition and why it’s important in the workplace

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The word is out about emotional intelligence. Companies who once focused only on where their new hires went to university have learned that IQ alone isn’t going to make them successful. The way employees conduct themselves, the way they express themselves, and the way they interact with others are all as important if not more important than the person’s score on an intelligence test.

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6 essential reasons to invest in soft skills development

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The truth is, nobody can predict the future of business. With digital innovation constantly altering the way we work, it is impossible to know which jobs and which investments will still be working for us tomorrow. Among all this uncertainty, one factor has stood the test of time: the need for a skilled workforce but to combat the change, organisations must change the way we train our employees as well. Businesses must shift focus away from technical skills which, when not paired with a strong set of soft skills, are becoming decreasingly in demand. The organisations of the future must instead invest in their employees and company alike by providing training and development opportunities that will allow their staff to hone the skills of the future: soft skills.  

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The future of work: The biggest L&D challenges according to learning professionals

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In the ever-changing world of work, it is easy to wonder how today’s employees and businesses alike will map out a path to success in the future workplace. What innovative new pathways will technology open and which doors will it shut forever? With all of the uncertainty surrounding what the workplace of tomorrow will look like, one thing is clear: businesses must take the right steps to future-proof both their employees and their companies. 

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The 5 most important soft skills of the future

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It would appear that the goal of every second headline on the topic of “the future of work” is to instill an inherent fear in workers regarding what is to come and concerning the status of their careers and their future AI coworkers. The message seems to be: “Robots are coming for your jobs and there isn’t much you can do about it.” The former portion of this message is somewhat true, automation is on the rise, which will cause many positions to be filled by high-speed, data-crunching technology. But the latter, rather uninspiring portion, is not true. Working humans are not doomed as long as the companies they work for recognize the skills of the future and focus on building and developing the areas robots cannot do well.

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Networking tips: 6 tips for successful networking

Networking, especially if you are new to it, can be a daunting concept. Speaking to strangers while trying to pitch a product, service or yourself can feel unnatural and, frankly, scary! However, networking is one of the most effective ways to engage new clients, increase engagement and awareness of a brand, and grow as a business. Here are 6 tips for successful networking at corporate events. 

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The next Prime Minister: 6 soft skills for the UK’s next leader

Following the recent stepping down of Conservative leader Theresa May, the UK will see a new politician move into the role of Prime Minister this week. While there is still some speculation over to who will fill May’s shoes, Britains next PM will require a specific set of skills to get the job done. Regardless of who becomes the next PM, we thought it would be interesting to think about which of our books could help him fulfill the role Here are the 6 soft skills the UK’s next Prime Minister will need. 

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The 7 most essential soft skills for techies

There has long been a misconception surrounding the skills of those in tech roles. When depicted in entertainment they are shown as nerdy, brainiacs with little to no social skills. While it may be humorous on-screen, this incorrect depiction of employees in technical roles has caused real-life consequences for those working them. The idea that people in tech do not possess or need soft skills is not only present in the education systems that lack soft skills curriculums but in those in charge of hiring for companies as well.   

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4 Reasons businesses should prioritise developing soft skills as much as developing technology

Over the last two decades, companies have seen incredible development in technology across all sectors. Tech has made it possible to expand globally, build state-of-the-art websites and promote our brands to the digital world. But this wave of tech has caused companies to forget who is behind the screens of all this innovation: people. Companies have moved too far towards being data-centric and away from a human focus and it will be detrimental for our future. 

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How not to be replaced by a robot

‘The Robot Revolution’, ‘Computerisation’ or ‘Automation’; whatever you prefer to call it, technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but our jobs just might be.

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