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Soft skills drive the Project
What is the role of soft skills in managing construction Projects ? Please share your experience.
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Soft skills play a vital role in presentations and meetings. Soft skills help in engaging the stakeholders at various stages of the projects which is very important aspect in project management.
Hi Chandrashekhar: What a great question! I don't know if one can be a successful project without excellent soft skills. We lead and create strong and inspired teams by using our soft skills, we use soft skills in our written and verbal communication and we influence our stakeholders and teams to deal with and embrace change by using our soft skills. Often our soft skills are called into play when there are issues, risks, challenges or personality conflicts. Soft skills can also be used during contract negotiations or negotiations with managers for resources. To me, soft skills are just as important as our experience, education and processes.
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1 reply by Chandrashekhar Thatte
Feb 09, 2017 7:01 AM
Chandrashekhar Thatte
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Lori,many thanks ! Most of us realise and accept the pivotal role of soft skills but lack the skill and the will to use it advantageously and intelligently on Projects.
I fully agree with Lori - Soft Skills are very important and play a pivotal role not only in construction projects but all projects.
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"The project manager is like a conductor in an opera who provides the direction to the individual performers in the team."

Soft skills is essential to interact with customers, team members, stakeholders. A project manager must not leave any gaps in communication.
Feb 08, 2017 12:07 PM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Hi Chandrashekhar: What a great question! I don't know if one can be a successful project without excellent soft skills. We lead and create strong and inspired teams by using our soft skills, we use soft skills in our written and verbal communication and we influence our stakeholders and teams to deal with and embrace change by using our soft skills. Often our soft skills are called into play when there are issues, risks, challenges or personality conflicts. Soft skills can also be used during contract negotiations or negotiations with managers for resources. To me, soft skills are just as important as our experience, education and processes.
Lori,many thanks ! Most of us realise and accept the pivotal role of soft skills but lack the skill and the will to use it advantageously and intelligently on Projects.
Soft skills are often misled into the communication of any form rather they are the whole behavioural handling right from the empathy, to make order in the house, motivation, expectation management, conflict handling, negotiation, collaboration, communication etc.
On a typical construction project, core soft skills needed are: Team Motivation, Effective Verbal Communication, Empathy can play a vital role in managing the project.
Core or soft skills apply for any project including construction.

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