Essential Skills are Soft Skills in Action

The skills most in demand in the area of work are conflict management, critical thinking, dependability, priority management, problem solving, or creative thinking. Employers need people who communicate that means answering emails and messages, and who are able to think outside of the issue that means able to use their creativity to solve a problem or a situation.

Employers also need people who have a high degree of emotional intelligence that means the maturity to address and manage a situation staying present to the circumstance and staying calm. Along with maturity being approachable, flexible, and able to work within a team environment harmoniously are also part of the essential skills package. Mastery of these skills enables a person to engage and influence others. 

The people who have these essential soft skills are able to lead with confidence. They know when to take action and when to slow things down until the timing for a change or process is more fully aligned.

Essential skills include a willingness to learn and engage in business behavior that mirrors truthfulness.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Business Consultant – Change & Transition,

Managing Distractions – Allows for Fulfillment

Maybe distraction is a symptom and not the issue itself. What causes a person to use technology i.e. their smart phone to check their Social Media accounts 10 times or more during a day? The likely causes are related to fear, anxiety, stress, or some other trigger that has an individual want to escape from the discomfort being felt.

When I am feeling uncomfortable, I tend to find a way to distract myself from what is really going on for me. I may not want to devote the time to finish writing an article or a report. I may be worried the material is not good enough so I start surfing You Tube videos or get lost in Instagram posts.

Identifying internal triggers such as boredom, stress or worry is the first step to ensuring you remain focused the tasks at hand. It also means that you need to find ways to make those tasks workable. Stay at what you really do not like for a period of 10 minutes. That leads to a longer time frame.

When I address the feeling behind the distraction, I am able to become focused again. It also means that that I have regular breaks from my phone, email, and social media.  What methods do you use to address distraction?

Marie-Helene Sakowski – Business Change & Transition –