5 Life Skills School Didn't Teach You

Thursday 14 November, 2013
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  1.    Communication Skills
If you've ever had a wander through a job site, chances are you've seen 'communication skills'? in the list of requirements. Communication is critical, whatever your line of work. Every job entails working with other people: customers, clients, bosses, co-workers and everyone in-between, so the ability to listen and respond clearly through speech, body language and writing is of enormous value to any organisation. 2.     Networking If you ask any senior executive, politician, community leader or successful salesperson to name the one skill or habit that helped them excel in their career, the majority will tell you that networking is the key. There is an art to successfully reaching key influencers at conferences and meetings. It involves making a lasting impression on audiences, projecting confidence and trustworthiness, and making friends with other successful people. 3.     Flexibility/Adaptability to Change Today's business landscape is changing faster than ever. With constantly evolving technologies and access to a range of new media, managers are feeling the pressure to adapt. Inevitably, new jobs will be created, seeking employees with new skills. Those who can adapt to any situation are dependable no matter what's thrown at them. Those who can't grow with the company are at risk of being left behind. 4.     Time Management It's no secret that productivity is directly related to the menial task of prioritising to-dos. Strategically organising the hours and minutes of your day may seem like a waste of time in itself but time management and careful planning have been proven to reduce stress and improve performance. Quite often, we find ourselves so busy with work all day, only to wonder if we even accomplished anything at the end of it all. 5.     Initiative One of America's leading business philosophers, Jim Rohn, always said the biggest mistake people make is to think they work for someone else, rather than themselves- when we know we're working for our own advantage, we're more inclined to take initiative. Initiative encourages you to dream big, pay attention to detail and look outside of your own department for opportunities. Look for ways to add value to your customers, colleagues or the company, complete the tasks that need to be done (but nobody is prepared to take responsibility for) and always ask when in doubt. Being self-motivated shows your boss that you're an outstanding employee, creating job security during economic slumps. What skills are important in your workplace? Let OneShift know!
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