Monday, October 25, 2010

DEVELOPING SOFT SKILLS

I am very intrigued by the listing of specific requirements pertaining to what are essentially "soft skills" with regard to a recent recruitment ad for a 'Allocations Manager' on the Internet, in addition to the full listing of functional responsibilities & other educational & work specifications:

COMPETENCIES:

Problem Solving:

- Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions;
- probes all fruitful sources for answers;
- can see hidden problems;
- is excellent at honest analysis;
- looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.

Strategic Agility:

- Sees ahead clearly;
- can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately;
- has broad knowledge and perspective;
- is future oriented;
- can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods;
- can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

In other words, a university education of today, which often & still focuses on "hard skills", is no guarantee for job success, or rather getting a job in the marketplace.

One has to develop "soft skills".

I sincerely hope that our educators are watching this trend & doing something about it to prepare our future generations.

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