Communication skills and the ability to engage in “small talk” is the #1 asset for job candidates according to a survey conducted by BloombergBusiness. That’s also sound advice for working executives and those who want to advance in their organizations.
Small Talk is an Ice Breaker
The next two most important assets cited in the study are analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively. It’s not surprising that communication skills and small talk are essential to working collaboratively.
Small talk isn’t a waste of time. It plays an important role in establishing an emotional connection in one-on-one conversations and also among team members. Individuals can feel each other out before beginning a substantive discussion. …Read more…
As former United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said when he couldn’t find words to describe obscenity in a film, “I know it when I see it.”
That’s how you feel when you’re in the presence of someone with “executive presence.” You can’t describe it; you just know it when you see it.
What is Executive Presence?
Author Sylvia Ann Hewlett in her new book Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success has “cracked the code,” as she calls it. …Read more…
Becoming a manager
Many people are promoted to manager without knowing what it takes to be a manager. When companies cut budgets they often consider so-called “soft skills,” like management and communications training, to be expendable.
However, the truth is that this type of training could be more important to the success of a manager and his company than anything else.
Managers Must Learn to Communicate
Most new managers are more accustomed to receiving …Read more…