Employers have been complaining about candidates lacking soft skills for decades. Candidates may have all the right skills, but the ongoing problem is that they lack soft skills. Soft skills include virtually all non-technical skills, such as communication skills, verbal and written, as well as social skills (interactional, team-building and dress).
Here are a few common complaints managers voice about employees lack of soft skills:
People get hired because of their hard skills but often get fired because of their soft skills, according to millennial workforce specialist Bruce Tulgan. Tulgan is the author of the recently published “Bridging The Soft Skills Gap, How To Teach The Basics To Today’s Young Talent.”
In a 2014 FoxBusiness interview, Jody Miller, CEO of management consulting firm Business Talent Group, said that the pace of business today makes it tough for companies to justify taking the time to properly train new hires lacking soft skills. “Globalization and advancements in technology means the productivity and efficiency demanded from workers is higher, adding pressure to new workers,” said Miller. And “the expectations of entry-level employees and what they need to contribute is higher than ever before.”
Our educational system has tried to correct the problem, but has yet to achieve that goal, Tulgan said.
Based on more than 20 years of research, Tulgan offers concrete solutions to help managers teach the missing basics of professionalism, critical thinking, and followership — complete with 92 step-by-step lesson plans designed to be highly flexible and easy to use.
Almost all of the exercises can be done in less than an hour within a team meeting or an extended one-on-one. The exercises are easily modified and customized and can be used in many different ways, such as:
Managers — and their young employees — will find themselves returning to their favorite exercises over and over again, said Tulgan. Through one exercise at a time, managers can build up the most important soft skills of their new young talent. These critical soft skills can make the difference between mediocre and good, great, and one-of-a-kind skills, he added.
The Futurist’s 2015-2016 predictions prove that almost anything is possible in this high-tech world of ours. Yet many of the publication’s past predictions are a long way from the drawing board. Yet, when reading about them, I wonder how many years — or maybe months — they are from coming to fruition. As an example, here are a few of The Futurist’s 2013 predictions. Some seem impossible to achieve. But I’m sure skeptics said the same thing about Apple’s iPhone when it was in its early development phases. How fast will I be proven wrong? Here are a few examples:
There are many more, all equally fascinating. There is little question that all of these futuristic visions could do enormous good. Aside from overcoming all the technical issues to build them, the cost has to be staggering. That alone could put an indefinite hold on development.
Picking up where I left off in my last blog, here are more insightful predictions for 2016 from The Futurist.
Look for my last blog on future predictions that have yet to come to fruition.
It’s that time of year. The first month of the New Year is the time soothsayers, snake charmers, charlatans, pundits and the most brilliant minds in the country make predictions for the next 12 months and beyond.
Many of the predictions make sense, others are off-the-wall. Your mission, with my help, is to separate the credible and reliable sources from the quacks. A long-time favorite magazine of mine is The Futurist, published by The World Future Society. Since 1985, the magazine’s editors have identified the trends and ideas which will have the most impact on our lives. Remarkably, they’re been uncannily on track.
Rather than give a terse roundup, I’m going to try to include most of the Futurist’s predictions because they’ve either come to fruition, or are a stone’s throw away from it. I couldn’t cover them all in one blog. Look for more in my next blog.
Let’s get the ball rolling. Here’s the first batch:
Look for more of The Futurist’s predictions in my next blog.
Military historian William R. Forstchen, author of “Day of Wrath,” is not the only source whose observations are ringing true. So are broadcast journalist Ted Koppel's in his new book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.”
Koppel said America is not just under a physical attack, but a devastating cyber attack. And it’s woefully unprepared.
Koppel contends that that Internet is a potential weapon of mass destruction. In a sense, the Internet has created a different world, one which in many respects is an open book.
In sum, cybercrimes have escalated at an alarming rate, Koppel assets. “There’s hardly a day goes by when cybercrimes are not being committed at the rate of hundreds or thousands of cases a day,” he said.
What do we deal with this growing menace? Van D. Hipp, Jr., former deputy Secretary of the U.S. Army and author of “The New Terrorism: How to Fight It And Defeat it,” has some answers.
Hipp suggests that the following ought to be done immediately to defend ourselves against a cyber war threat:
Hipp concludes by saying that the threat of cyber threat to the U.S. “is growing each day and is inflicting real damage to America, both economically and from a national security standpoint. It’s taking a tremendous toll on our government, our economy, and the private sector. It’s time for the United States to fight back with real imagination and creativity in order to win in this new dimension of warfare, Cyber War.”