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How to Build Character

An Introduction to the “Softer” Skills

Harold Taylor
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Language:  English
This book explains how you can modify your innate and acquired personality traits, referred by the author as “softer skills,” and use them to create a motivated, fully engaged workforce.
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Not only are our brains not fixed and rigid from birth, neither are our personality traits. And this is despite inherited genes. Recent research confirms that our character can be improved by environment, experiences, and intentional thought. This book introduces what the author calls the “softer skills,” those traits such as integrity, trust, positivity, and empathy. The author discusses 14 of such traits, how they can be developed or strengthened, and used to gain the trust, respect and cooperation needed for a motivated, fully engaged, workforce.

About the Author

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

Since 1981, when he incorporated the original time management company, he has personally presented over 2000 workshops, speeches and keynotes on the topic of time and life management.

Harold lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He writes e-books for Bookboon.com (25 to date), some of which have been translated into other languages, publishes a weekly blog at his website (also posted on Facebook & Twitter), a quarterly time management newsletter for his 2000 plus subscribers, sends out weekly tweets, and speaks to senior’s and other groups on “growing older without growing old” in addition to “time and life management.”

He is active in his local church, a member of the board of directors of Sussex & Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fundy Silverados Friendship Club, writes a column on business in the Kings County Record, and performs additional volunteer work in his spare time.


  • About the author
  • Introduction
  1. The evolution of soft skills
    1. The importance of soft skills
    2. Soft skills in demand
    3. Soft skills are getting “softer.”
  2. The beginnings of soft skills
    1. The search for efficiency
  3. The behavioral science movement
    1. The motivation-hygiene theory
  4. The power of engagement
    1. The role of softer skills
    2. Motivation vs. engagement
  5. How to develop “softer skills”
    1. Changing your personality
    2. The Pike Syndrome
    3. Neuroplasticity makes it possible
  6. Focus on the major character traits
    1. Trust and respect
  7. Thankfulness and gratitude
    1. Thankfulness and gratitude go hand in hand
    2. Developing thankfulness and gratitude
  8. Empathy and compassion
    1. What is empathy?
    2. Empathy versus compassion
  9. Kindness and sensitivity
    1. Kindness is contagious
    2. How to become a kind person
  10. Integrity and honesty
    1. The foundation for character
    2. Honesty is the best policy
    3. What it’s like to be likeable
  11. Patience and self-control
    1. The value of patience
    2. How can you develop patience?
  12. Positivity and happiness
    1. Hazards of negativity
    2. Developing positivity
    3. Happiness is a choice
  • Conclusion
  • Reference books for How to build character