Enabling Self-Motivated IT Professionals to Achieve Massive Success in their Careers Using Soft Skills
What’s 2X as Important
for Career Success as technical skills?
It's soft Skills
Are you motivated, top notch
I.T. Professional who wants to succeed in your career?

Have you ever watched others go past you ... get the promotions and recognition, while you miss out?

Would you like to be the one who's sought out for input and answers ... Someone who gets heard ... Someone who's advice and recommendations get acted on ... Someone who gets the promotions?

If so, the research shows Soft Skills are 2X as important as your technical skills for career success*

You can exponentially speed up your success if you start on a Soft Skills Journey

But, where to start?

To find out, grab your copy of the
Find out what key Soft Skills you need for a successful career
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Checklist of the Crucial Foundation Soft Skills
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What are
soft skills?
Soft Skills are the combination of Self-Management Skills and Interpersonal / People skills. They are the non-technical skills we need to manage ourselves and to manage our interactions with other people
Self-management skills include:
  • ​Planning
  • ​Prioritization
  • ​Decision making
  • ​Creativity
  • ​Report writing
People skills include:
  • ​Building Relationships
  • ​Collaboration & Teamwork
  • ​Running Effective Meetings
  • ​Negotiation
  • ​Conflict Management and Resolution
Soft Skills:
  • ​Complement hard skills
  • ​Help us manage in and around our surroundings, settings and circumstances
  • ​Help us to Perform well and Achieve our goals
  • ​Help us to Work well with others to achieve common goals, enjoy what we do and feel fulfilled
Soft Skills are the little-known, learn-able capabilities that help self-motivated IT, and technical, professionals skyrocket their careers

They release the handbrake, and support you, and your teams, to leap ahead in your career

Soft Skills are the extra locomotive that works together with your technical skills to pull your ‘career success’ train so much more powerfully than a single ‘technical skills’ engine alone
 
What are the consequences of not having
soft skills?
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  • ​Watching your colleagues go past you and get promoted – who maybe aren’t even technically as good as you
  • ​Missing out out on a job offer for your next role … or even worse your dream role
  • ​Missing out on the satisfaction and additional income, from a job promotion. And extra respect from your colleagues, friends and family
  • Not getting your ideas and opinions, recognized and included, or often aren’t even heard or acknowledged
  • Not getting included in the influential teams and projects you’d like to
  • ​Struggling to stand up to bullies and handle conflict with colleagues
  • ​Struggling to work effectively with colleagues from outside IT or even others in your team
Not having Soft Skills is like running your career with the handbrake on

It may not stop you, but it will be like trying to pull a heavy train with only one locomotive - when 3 was what the train needed

It'll take a lot longer to get moving and the other trains will have already claimed to spoils by the time you arrive
What's the solution to career success?

Be outstanding technically
and
... learn soft skills

Why do we need
Soft skills?
Soft Skills are the differentiator that will help ensure success and minimize the possibility of irrelevance for you, your team and your business in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Where AI, Robots, Big Data, Internet of Things are taking all the jobs and skills that can be automated, or are repetitive

What does the research show is needed for career success?

Research conducted with Fortune 500 CEOs by the Stanford Research Institute International and the Carnegie Melon Foundation, found:


2/3 to 3/4 of long-term job success
depends on people skills


But only 1/4 to 1/3 of long-term job success
depends on technical knowledge
This means Soft Skills are, at least, 2X as important
as Technical Skills for career success
Peggy Klaus, in her book The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They'd Learned Sooner, after years of training, coaching, and interviewing people at all levels, found that people aren’t getting where they want to go in their careers. She writes:
“Whether young or old, experienced or inexperienced, what struck me most about their stories of missed opportunities and derailed careers was this:
Their problems rarely stemmed from a shortfall in technical or professional expertise, but rather from a shortcoming in the soft skills arena with their personal, social, communication and self-management behaviours.”
-    Peggy Klaus****

This is where we need to put real focus
What other evidence is there on the value of
Soft skills?
Here’s some crunchy numbers on soft skills from a Signature Research report by
WestMonroe on Closing the Technology Leadership Gap – 2018:
  • ​95% of HR leaders said that soft skills were important for candidates looking to land a technology job
  • ​67% of HR professionals say they withheld a job offer from a talented IT candidate due to a lack of soft skills
  • ​43% of full-time employees said soft skills problems negatively impacted their working relationship with IT
Why don't we all have
soft skills?
One of the challenges most of us have, as technical professionals is, we believe all we need for success in our career is to be the best we can at our chosen technical skill

We think being terrific technically is all we need for career success

This all makes perfect sense early in our careers. Since we're heads down, tails up, as busy as a snow-making machine at the start of winter, working on developing our technical skills

Whether it’s a Developer, Network Engineer, Help-desk Technician, Business Analyst, Technical Writer, Data Base Administrator, or any other technical role, virtually all of us think, all we need for career success is to be outstanding technically

Unfortunately, what most of us don’t realize is that being excellent technically isn’t the whole story

We also need Soft Skills

Now this is not surprising, since the reality is that it's not being taught in our schools, universities and technical colleges. It’s not in the curriculum

Which means it's not your fault, because no-one is really raising the awareness of Soft Skills and helping you to recognize the value of learning them, both personally, and for your career

As we've seen, Soft Skills are the critical non-technical capabilities we need to add on to our technical, or domain, skills for long term success.They are 2X as important as technical skills for career success

Businesses are recognizing it more and more - and expect new hires coming into their organizations to have Soft Skills.

But, we're just not teaching it

Which leads to the question: "How do we solve that problem?"

And perhaps even more importantly for you as a self-motivated IT Professional:
"If I'm motivated to learn Soft Skills, how to it go about that?"

Now, you might be thinking:
- “This must be difficult”
- “This isn’t for me” …

But Soft Skills are learnable skills – anyone can learn them

And the good news is there's a bonus: Soft Skills will also help in all areas of your life – not just at work

And as you move up the ranks managing and leading … Soft Skills become increasingly important


What Does Career Success Look Like?
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Career Success
… as we      
believe it is
Especially when we start our careers
We think all we need for career success is to be great technically
Career Success
… as it really is
1/3 Technical Skills
2/3 Soft Skills
Career Success
… as a       
Team Lead
As a Team lead you still need technical skills but it's less time on tools, with the 'shiny things' … and more time managing people, planning, and prioritizing

Career Success
… as a    
Manager
Move into management and it's less about your technical skills and more about managing people

Career Success
… as a     
Senior Manager
When you get to middle and senior management, you’re off the tools, managing through people
It’s all Soft Skills

Soft Skills add to technical Skills
They don't replace them
Let’s be clear: technical excellence is critical for your success


We need to be both outstanding and continue to improve our technical skills.

However they are not the whole story


We also need the personal skills that we use to: manage ourselves, to motivate ourselves, planning, prioritization, decision making, creativity, report writing. All of those professional skills that we need to do our job

And we need people skills to manage our interpersonal relationships: how we converse and build relationships, how we hold meetings, how we negotiate, how we influence, persuade, and present, conflict resolution, dealing with difficult people
Soft Skills add to your technical skills
They do not replace them
You need both
What's The Downside of Soft Skills
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The downside of Soft Skills is that you'll need to go though a learning process.

Either enhancing what you have, or adding new skills. And so the downside is the time and effort to learn practice and internalize

It means you may need to work through the uncomfortableness of doing something new

Of undergoing change

Like riding a bike, it can be challenging to learn them at first, because you can't just learn by reading about them, or sitting in a classroom, or online - you have to practice them and apply them.

But just like riding a bike, you soon get the feel of it and it starts to become part of the way you do things

You'll develop a set of skills that will help you, not just in your career, but also in so many other areas of your life

Skills that can have a massive positive impact on your life

Eventually it's like reaching into your wardrobe and putting on a set of clothes that you're comfortable with and are perfect for the occasion

What Soft Skills do you need for a successful career?
Click the button below to get the
Crucial Foundation Soft Skills Checklist
Don't Let Another Day Go By To Find Out
What's the best way to learn
soft skills?
  • ​The first step is to recognize their massive value – research shows they are 2X as important for your career success as technical skills
  • ​Find a great coach/mentor, trainer or online program to teach you in an effective, empowering and engaging way, that fits easily around your job
  • Find a powerful program that fits around your job and life – that gets you the skills you need, when you need them, that you can learn when it suits you
  • Practice and internalize the skills
  • Apply them in your day to day life – with feedback, encouragement, and assistance - when you need it
What are the options to learn
Soft skills?
The options for learning Soft Skills are:
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Instructor led training and workshops - onsite or off site
  • ​Self Study
  • ​Online Courses
Where Can I learn
Soft skills?
Reach out to your manager, colleagues you rate as capable in this area, or friends to either help you directly as a mentor or coach - or point you to someone they would recommend that could help you

The best way to learn is by practising and applying what you learn in a safe environment to start and then venturing out to apply to broader areas in your life once you start to feel comfortable with your improved skills

While you can read in a book or find a course on line - the best options will also give you the opportunity to learn in an effective structure and sequenced way, practice safely, get feedback and start to internalize your skill

The good news is that you’re in the right place.

Here at Soft Skills for Success we help self-motivated IT, and technical, professionals achieve massive success in their careers by helping them master the art and science of learning and using soft skills.
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At Soft Skills for Success we help you as an individual, a team leader and  a manager, at all stages of your career, to uncover the areas of friction that a lack of Soft Skills has on team and individual success. And deliver the oil to allow all parts to work smoothly together

If you have a real need and we both believe there's a a good fit, we'll assist you to learn, practice, internalize and implement Soft Skills for career and team success.
Who is Soft Skills
Training For
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  • ​Self-motivated IT and Technical professionals who want to succeed in their careers
  • ​Team Leads, Managers and Leaders who:
  • ​Have challenges with either, individual team members, or the team as a whole, and want guidance, strategies, and tools to improve things
  • ​Are not having specific challenges but know the team could do even better
If you’re a team leader or manager and you know that your team could benefit, our passion is to help you:
  • ​Raise the awareness of the enormous value of Soft Skills in your team
  • ​Take them on the journey to learn, practice, internalize and apply these critical skills
    Either individually or as a team – or a combination
Who is Soft Skills
Training NOT For
  • As an Individual
    Anyone who is not motivated to learn, grow and succeed in their careers, and sees no value in improving their career prospects
  • ​As a Team-Lead or Manager
    Anyone who is happy with where they are and see no value in improving their team or individuals in the team
What's the next Step
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What most people do is to download a copy of the Crucial Foundation Soft Skills Checklist to see how they are placed with their Soft Skills either personally or for their team. Click here for a copy

Then if they if they want to take it further, they contact us, and we have a no pressure chat to see if there might be a great fit. Click here for our contact details or to ask a question

If there’s a great fit and you want to go ahead, we'll plan a program, with you, to:

1.    Deliver the Crucial Foundation Soft Skills:
  • ​for you personally
  • ​for your team (if you manage or lead a team)
2.    Follow on to assist you to identify the additional skills:
  • ​you want to add to or improve personally
  • ​your team wants to add to or improve - either as individuals, groups, or as a team (if you manage or lead a team)
These programs can include any, or a combination, of coaching, mentoring, workshops and online learning

Looking to Get Ahead of the Curve?
If you're looking to develop the skills before you need them, we can also assist you with that

We can work with you to develop a tailored ‘Ahead of the Curve’ program to assist you, or individual team members, develop the skills you, or they need to progress career wise


Look forward to assisting you, when the time is right

In the meantime go ahead and click the button below to download the Crucial Foundation Soft Skills Checklist

 
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Just imagine it’s 5 years in the future
When you look back over those 5 years, the world will have changed exponentially

Will you be thinking “I wish I’d started the Soft Skills Journey 5 years ago”?

Or will you be held up as an example of success, and be filled with satisfaction, pride and fulfillment, happy in the knowledge that you took yourself, and any teams you lead, on the Soft Skills Journey.

Knowing your foresight played a foundational part in the success of your career, and the individuals in your teams, and the  businesses you work for

Well done for reading this far – it means you have a strong interest in making your career the greatest success it can be :-)
Don't look back in 5 years and wish you'd started today
on the Soft Skills Journey to a Successful Career
don't let another day go by to find out
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