The Top Skills You’ll Need To Improve Your Future

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We all want to be able to better ourselves. But it’s not always easy to know exactly what you need to do in order for that to happen. A lot of the time, we work on our careers subconsciously. We go in, do our jobs, and perform to the best of our abilities. Sure, you may have a goal that you want to get to, you may even have a written plan of the promotions that you want. But do you actively think about the skills you need in order for this to all work out? Because right now, there are some key skills that everyone should look to develop. Regardless of what you do for your job, or what industry you’re in, there are five things that will help you to do well and progress.

  1. Communication Skills

First of all, you’re going to want to think about how you interact with others. No matter if you’re starting out at the bottom of the chain or you’re on your way to the top, communication skills can take you a long way. People work for people, so you have to be able to communicate well with them – whether you’re the boss or the employee. You should also look to work on your interpersonal skills, and think about the things you can do to improve your business relationships too.

  1. An Innovative Mindset

Next, you’re going to want to train your brain to be more innovative. It’s okay if this doesn’t come naturally to you. But if you want to add value to the company you work for, even if it’s your own – especially if it’s your own, then you need to focus on the future, creating, and ways to develop what you have or what you’re doing now to move with the times. Particularly in this internet-driven world, this is a skill that will take you far.

  1. Marketing Skills

So next, it’s also handy to know a little bit about marketing. Even if you’re not in marketing, it’s going to help you to do your job better – no matter what it is. Of course, you can hire consultants and companies for everything from killer PR to the best SEO, but it’s handy to be experienced in these areas yourself. That way, you’ll know if you’re choosing the right companies, or if you’re getting the results you need.

  1. A Willingness To Learn

If you want to be able to grow, you then need to realize that it’s okay to fail. Failures happen, but you’ll always be able to learn from them. If you want to go far, then always be able to accept that you’re going to learn along the way.

  1. Empathy

Finally, as much as you may feel as if you have to be tough and authoritative in your career, you may find that being the opposite is better. If you can have empathy and be a good colleague and boss, you’ll find that you’re more influential, you’ll get people that respect you.

Corporate America’s Missing Ingredient

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There’s something missing in Corporate America, but it’s not what you think.

Technology gives us the opportunity to work remotely and scale businesses.

Outsourcing labor multiplies growth while saving massive amounts of time.

Investors provide the resources to transform a hobby into an empire.

But the one thing that retains the top talent worldwide is: empathy.

In a broadcast-driven society, rarely do people put themselves in other’s shoes.

Managing egos and customizing messaging is the difference between success and failure.

Here’s why:

Even with the best technology you still need people to run it. Salaries are competitive, social impact is rampant and perks are plentiful. Therefore how you treat people defines their company loyalty.

Take for instance managers. The top reason most people leave their jobs is because they feel disrespected or undervalued. Simply viewing the impact of your decisions from the receiver’s point of view makes all the difference in the world. Most managers are ill-equipped to lead others. Just because you’re a great widget maker doesn’t translate well to a manager of widget makers.

Empathy is a learned skill (although it can be argued some have a higher ceiling than others). Kids are taught at a young age to think about how their actions affect others. Somewhere between preschool and adulthood that lesson is forgotten. Money and power corrupt our ability to serve.

Personally I’ve witnessed many conflicts started because of a failure to empathize. The same reasons countries go into war on a macro-level happens to co-workers at a micro-level. Stress has a tremendous drain on productivity and the majority of it can be avoided by showing empathy.

The downgrade of soft skills will only continue to get worse and at the core of the deterioration is a lack of empathy.

Empathy is not something HR can teach or a motivational speaker can inspire you to do. It takes making a commitment to servant leadership. Stop thinking positional leadership puts you on top. Instead understand supporting others from beneath actually pushes them to reach their fullest potential.

Will you do your part?