Paul Petrone, editor of Linkedin Learning has listed the skills companies need in 2019. The skills were determined by "looking at skills that are in high demand relative to their supply. Demand is measured by identifying the skills on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates. Only cities with 100,000 members were included." Those listed were both soft and hard skills. In this article I will concentrate on the soft skills confirmed both Petrone's findings and my own experience.
For thirty-five years Fontanie Associates in collaboration with their training partners have developed, delivered and promoted the necessary soft skills for small, medium and large companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. I'm pleased to learn that these skills are still in high demand. They are skills needed in today's workplace and in life. Although my list of skills is similar to Paul Petrone's, they differ to some degree. They include:
There are many on-line one or two hour sessions giving insight and tools to improve the skills mentioned above. However, I remain convinced that face-to-face workshops that last one or two days are a better way to strengthen skills. Don't get me wrong, self-learning whether that is through reading or participating on on-line training is helpful, but our experience shows that effective face-to-face workshops with follow-up coaching has more lasting results. Look to LinkedIn learning if you are a member of LinkedIn or Human Resource learning for short one to two hour session. For results oriented one to three day sessions I recommend Priority Management Skill Training. Find one of their offices near you.
Thank you for reading,
Richard P. Fontanie BA, MSW