Seth Godin’s wisdom of the day. . . here is the conclusion of the post:
“Reading every single trade journal, for example, or understanding the marketing, engineering and sales of your field–there are countless ways to go deep instead of merely paying lip service to the current flavor of the moment.” Read Seth’s entire (short) blog post here.
In his blog, John Keyser, outlines principals for success in your career. Here is his list– the last bullet point summarizes the other points: Become the MVP in the eyes of everyone for all you do.
- Be positive, enthusiastic, and a source of positive energy.
- Make things happen. Don’t wait. Contribute ideas. When you see something that should be done, do it or make the suggestion to the appropriate person.
- Be authentic, yourself, and honest with people. Read more
Many top MBA programs are increasing their focus on ‘soft skills.’ Why?
These are critical skills for all professional. Whether you currently manage a team of 2, 20 or 200 people, skills such as speaking respectfully to subordinates, teamwork, and managing your own stress are all very important and will have a major impact on your success as a manager and a leader.
Traditionally, MBA programs have focused on the technical or ‘hard skills’ such as economics, finance and accounting. There are a number of reasons for this including the fact that grading students in these subjects is more straightforward and lack of respect for ‘soft skills’ courses on the part of students and employers. Also, many of the jobs that are filled by new MBAs do require these technical skills, so it becomes a Catch-22. How far one advances beyond that first job will be largely determined by the ‘soft skills’ or ‘people skills.’
There is good news here for professionals without a business school background. . . many of the interpersonal skills needed to be a successful business manager and a leader of people are not learned in the classroom.
Read the full WSJ.com article by Mellissa Korn and Joe Light.
About Jeff Chapski
Jeff Chapski has coached and mentored hundreds of college students and recent graduates as they started their first jobs and launched their careers. Recalling the important skills and lessons he learned early in his own career, Jeff started writing a blog at Career-ology.com to help new professionals succeed at work. Read more...