Power Skills in Business

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Business Experts Say “Soft Skills” Are “Power Skills”

Technology is impacting all kinds of business and changing the way we work. As more business operations and jobs are changing due to automation, there is a new emphasis on capabilities for business. Creativity and communication abilities are two of the skills differentiating humans from machines. For example, automation can input data for analysis, while collaboration and communication is needed to discover how the data can best be applied to the business.KOHGRXNXL0_meeting_sticky

For these reasons the “soft skills” including negotiation, interviewing and business writing are taking on a new importance. Working with executives from large and middle-market businesses, Kathy Osborn, the Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Business Council, suggested changing the term “soft skills” to “power skills.”

A majority of business decision makers agree with Osborn’s assessment of soft skills as the real power skills. Researchers discovered 77% of employers surveyed believe that soft skills are more important than hard skills. It is one of the findings in “The Rise of Soft Skills and Why They Matter Now.”

These power skills are on the rise in many industries and for many different reasons. Diverse and positive workplaces demand good communication skills, collaboration and respect.LUBQRTO8JB_handshake

Mobile technology and social media increases an organization’s exposure every day. Employees who deal with the public need power skills of listening, empathy and negotiation to be the best business ambassadors or risk a customer’s frustration becoming a viral assault on your brand.

What power skills matter most? Online learning platform, Udemy looked at what more than 20 million individuals are studying to come up with a top ten list.

Manager Training

Emotional Intelligence

Business Writing

Focus Strategies

Personal Development

Presentation and Public Speaking

Negotiation

Stress Management

Customer Service

Interviewing Skills

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Animals and People Express Surprisingly Similar Emotions

I often think I can read and relate to the emotions my pets’ exhibit beyond the wag of a tail or a yelp at the wrong end of a bee. Other times I struggle to interpret what their behavior means. This brings me to a recent and favorite story I have been watching over and over.

A viral video demonstrating animals and humans display very similar emotions brings smiles and tears simultaneously. It is part of the story of a goat and a burro. You see, Mr. G the goat, was depressed after being rescued from a hoarding situation and separated from Jellybean, the burro.

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Mr. G the goat, was depressed after being rescued from a hoarding situation and separated from Jellybean, the burro.

Mr. G the goat, was depressed after being rescued from a hoarding situation and separated from Jellybean, the burro.

More Small Businesses are Tapping the Power of Video Online

More businesses are finding video content is boosting business and helping get attention.  If you can create a popular viral video; your business name could soon become a common household phrase.  A new online video playing on thousands of computers may just do that!

One of the summer’s top movies around the world is “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”  The popular movie may be the inspiration behind a viral video starring a laptop in what seems to be an ordinary small business or office.  However, as the video progresses it becomes apparent this is no ordinary MacBook laptop when the computer begins a transformation!  This popular video is a viral ad for La Poste, the French post office!  Click here to see versatile laptop at work: 

Online video is helping many small business owners connect with consumers and open new markets.  To learn more about the growing explosion of online video click here.