Soft skills, especially collaboration and networking, will become more important than traditional hard skills. Smart employers have always focused more on attitude than any specific skill-set because they know they can train for a lack of skills and knowledge. Soft skills require time, mentoring, informal learning and management support. Soft skills for the networked workplace are foundational competencies.
So what are these so-called softs skills? Here are some that I’ve previously discussed:
Participating in a decentralized world/society/economy/business requires trust.
Co-operation – in our work is needed so that we can continuously develop emergent practices demanded by increased complexity. What worked yesterday won’t work today. No one has the definitive answer any more but we can use the intelligence of our networks to make sense together and see how we can influence desired results.
We are moving to an economy that values – emotional intelligence, imagination and creativity.
Putting yourself out there as a learner first means that you may need to check your attitude before going online.
- Failure is an Option
- Practice Passionate Followership
- Don’t Act, React
- Go with your Gut
- Don’t be a Blockhead
- Trust Others
- Make Others Look Good
Tolerance for ambiguity – is becoming an important leadership trait in increasingly complex, networked environments.