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50: LinkedIn, Networking and Soft Skills

6/20/2018
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Mike Shelah, an expert and early advocate for LinkedIn’s ability to connect people for business, shares his wisdom on LinkedIn, networking and soft skills in this episode of the Serious Soft Skills podcast. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham are joined by Mike Shelah, head of Shelah Consulting (http://mikeshelah.com) for a discussion of the following: Also, Mike talks about a side project, Pathfinders for Autism (http://pathfindersforautism.org), where he serves as a board member...

Duration:00:19:18

49: Understanding Ethical Implications of Decisions

6/13/2018
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Whether we know it or not, our actions usually align with our ethics, and people with good ethics tend to be trusted and respected more than those whose ethical decision making is questionable. We are going to look at the ethical implications of decisions we make in this weeks’ episode of the Serious Soft Skills podcast. Among the topics cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss are: A definition of ethics and how it applies to work The value of virtue How questionable...

Duration:00:19:44

48: Bringing a Positive Attitude to Your Work

6/6/2018
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Positive outcomes derive from a positive attitude, but why do we say that, and what do we do when we don’t have a positive attitude at times. We’ll tackle that saying and how to maintain a positive attitude in this episode of the Serious Soft Skills Podcast. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore a variety of topics related to the soft skill of having positive attitude. Among the topics they address are: Tips for keeping or restoring your positive attitude 1. Set...

Duration:00:16:34

47: The Super-Short Explanation of Why It Pays Off to Know More About Soft Skills

5/30/2018
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47: The One Paperback Soft Skills Book You Have to Read Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham celebrate the long-awaited release of the paperback version of The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success and explain how reading it will help anyone who works. Among the topics they discuss in this short episode are: How they came up with all 55 soft skills Their surprise at how many soft skills employees use The logic of the book Where employees and leaders...

Duration:00:07:12

46: Being Able to Work Independently, Or With Minimal Supervision

5/23/2018
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This week’s Serious Soft Skills podcast explores the soft skill of working independently, or with minimal supervision, and how it fosters better teams and trust. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, authors of The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success, talk about a variety of aspects of this soft skill, including: Letting go of micromanagement The idea of ownership of projects and knowing when to share a project or take it to completion...

Duration:00:12:54

45: A Five-Step Process and More for Attackling New Situations

5/16/2018
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Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore the soft skills of adapting knowledge to new situations, what it means and how it helps build teams and careers. Among the topics they discuss are: Next week We will explore the soft skill of being able to work independently or with minimal supervision.

Duration:00:16:01

Using Storytelling to Engage Your Audience Emotionally

5/9/2018
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Today’s episode isn’t about writing the Great American Novel, but rather how we incorporate the powerful aspects of storytelling into how we explain our work and our ideas so we connect emotionally . Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore this important aspect of success, looking at it helps us at interviews, in meetings and when working with any other group. Storytelling can work in any situation where we talk about our work. Among the topics they cover in this episode of...

Duration:00:18:13

Podcast 43: Managing Multiple Projects

5/2/2018
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Podcast 43: Can Manage Multiple Projects People think that being a good multi-tasker, something research says is impossible, means you are able to manage multiple projects. Most employees need to be able to manage different projects at the same time, meeting deadlines and working with others, to be effective. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham dig into this important soft skills. Among the topics they discuss: Next week We will be looking at the role of storytelling. While...

Duration:00:18:52

Podcast 42 Being Responsive

4/25/2018
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Being responsive is a soft skill that can spark creativity, trust and innovation in teams big and small. Learn how and why in this week’s episode of Serious Soft Skills. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explain how the soft skill of being responsive sets teams up to succeed.

Duration:00:19:38

Podcast 41 Able To Escalate

4/18/2018
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The decision on when to escalate a situation to a boss or supervisor is an important one, for which rules are rarely clear. In today’s episode, cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham are going to explain this soft skill and how and when we should be escalating a situation to a higher-up, and why successfully using this soft skill can help an organization’s culture and trust.

Duration:00:14:42

Podcast 40: Being Mature

4/11/2018
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Being mature is a heavily sought-after trait, but what is being mature and how to we identify it and look for it in people. That’s the topic for this week’s episode of the Serious Soft Skills podcast.

Duration:00:20:18

Podcast 39: Being Client Focused

4/4/2018
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Being focused on the client, whoever that is — both internal and external to the organization — is a critical component of any successful business and a soft skill that we need to understand and incorporate into any business. Co-hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore client focus from two different perspectives — one looking at external customers and the other looking at internal customers. It's sure to help you better work with whatever clients you have, no matter what your...

Duration:00:17:21

Podcast 38: Complying With Standards and How It Benefits Organizations

3/28/2018
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Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham will tackle the soft skill of complying with standards. Sounds boring, right? Well, they’re going to make it interesting. We promise. Among the topics they will discuss this week are:

Duration:00:17:52

Podcast 37: Details, Details, Details

3/21/2018
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Paying attention to details can help an individual, the team and the organization. Yet most of us struggle with this important soft skill. Learn why it matters and how to do it better in this episode of Serious Soft Skills. Cohosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore the many important benefits of paying attention to details. Among the topics they cover:

Duration:00:18:32

Podcast 36: How Setting Goals, Prioritizing Sets Up Individual, Team Success

3/14/2018
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Co-hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham talk about setting goals and prioritizing, which together make an important soft skills for managers, leaders and any employee. Setting goals, as in organizing and prioritizing your work, is critical for team success. To make sure everyone is working toward the same overall goal, we need to assign tasks. Those tasks have to be completed on time or else others will be waiting. Among the topics they address: st of us have deadlines each day,...

Duration:00:18:16

Podcast 36: How Setting Goals, Prioritizing Sets Up Individual, Team Success

3/14/2018
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Co-hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham talk about setting goals and prioritizing, which together make an important soft skills for managers, leaders and any employee. Setting goals, as in organizing and prioritizing your work, is critical for team success. To make sure everyone is working toward the same overall goal, we need to assign tasks.... Read More

Duration:00:18:16

Podcast 35: More Questions like How Come Few People are Discussing Soft Skills?

3/7/2018
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Responding to listeners questions the co-hosts explain why people don’t talk much about soft skills and how often we call on our soft skills, often without even being aware of it. Co-hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham answer questions about soft skills from some of their listeners in this episode. Among the topics they... Read More

Duration:00:16:31

Podcast 34: Enthusiasm Is an Overlooked Soft Skill That’s Infectious

2/28/2018
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Enthusiasm is not just a soft skills; it’s an attitude, a choice we make that is often heavily influenced by our workplace culture, but more importantly, success. We’ll discuss how and why enthusiasm is important in every workplace. Co-hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss the following: The value of enthusiasm and why it’s... Read More

Duration:00:18:31

Podcast 33: Becoming a Networking Ninja Using Your Soft Skills, Part 2

2/21/2018
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More than four-in-five jobs come from connections, making networking a critical piece of any job search or path toward promotion. And at its core, any kind of networking calls on our soft skills. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss: Why focusing on the perfect customer during networking can ruin any event How every contact... Read More

Duration:00:20:21

Podcast 32: Becoming a Networking Ninja by Relying on Your Soft Skills, Part 1

2/14/2018
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Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explain how to become more effective as a networker, what soft skills you should be applying and how you can overcome your fears and reluctance to make connections that can enhance your career. LinkedIn.com in 2016 found that 85% of all jobs come from networking. Therefore, our ability... Read More

Duration:00:24:22