Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to take 10 minutes to learn a new skill. We live in a busy, fast-paced world and sometimes it can be hard to make time to continue educating ourselves. However, it’s important that we continually grow and learn new skill sets. That’s what’s going to keep us relevant, confident, and fresh (all of which are essential to personal and professional success). Learn a new skill today. It doesn't matter what it is, why you want to learn it, or how you choose to learn it. Set aside 10 minutes today and try something new. Not sure what you want to learn? Ask yourself these questions:
In today’s rushed world, good listening skills can fall to the wayside. Everyone is concerned with only one thing: number one. RELATED: Are Your Listening Skills Your Job Search Problem? However, these bad listening habits that we develop can damage our intelligence, relationships, and reputation. Not to mention, it makes for bad conversation. So, what are some easy ways to train your brain to be a better listener? Check out these easy tips for better listening skills:
What makes for a great leader? Are leaders born, or can they be molded? Whether or not someone has the capacity to be a great leader, they still need to be molded and nurtured. That means, EVERYONE, even if their job doesn't have a leadership component right now, should consider developing the following leadership traits. Related: 10 Must-Have Characteristics Of A Good Leader What are the qualities that define leadership anyway? You asked. So, in a nutshell here they are:
Soft skills get a bad rap. Yet more organizations are requiring development on the softer side than ever before. Related: 5 Tips For Good Leadership Skills “Companies have moved away from the ‘command and control’ decision-making style. Managing day-to-day decisions takes away [leaders'] perspective and capacity to focus. Leaders must lead through others. You don’t accomplish that only with technical skills. You have to have [those skills], but to achieve the next level of success, you have to be able to lead through others,” says Marie Holmstrom, the Charlotte, N.C.-based director of talent management and organization alignment with Towers Watson. And recent research from HBR states, “Once people reach the C-suite, technical and functional expertise matters less than leadership skills and a strong grasp of business fundamentals.” In a nutshell, soft skills.