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Soft Skills and Tools

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

Soft Skills and Tools Competence Center Environment

We have established the Soft Skills and Tools Competence Center because we know how important it is for both your career and your personal development. While your technical skills bring you in front of a door, your people skills open most of the doors. Your attitude, your work ethic, your communication skills, your emotional reactions are vital for career success. Everyday things like listening to your colleagues, selling your ideas, managing conflict, nourishing an open environment, are all keys to building and maintaining your relationships with the people surrounding you. Although each and every one of us know or realize these things, the most difficult is putting them into practice. This is the exact purpose of the Soft Skills Competence Center gatherings: learning and practicing “emotional intelligence” in a relaxing environment.

Previous subjects

  • Personal organization (benefits of personal organization, how to get rid of distractions, how to manage tasks effective and efficient);
  • Key Steps to a Successful Presentation (how to manage stage fright, how to know yourself and your audience, how to prepare your script, manage audience questions). 

Participants experience

Using time wisely and proficiently at work is a constant goal, that’s why a presentation about time management was exactly the kind of topic that drew our colleagues attention instantly. Working in an open-space office, with different communication tools, having time-boxed tasks next to other responsibilities, is quite a challenge to their time management. The presentations were well structured, from identifying the need for organizing time efficiently and working in a balanced way, to practical examples from day to day experience of the speaker. Also there was a useful list of tips and tricks that can be easily applied in day to day activities at work. Furthermore, the Q & A session was very informative, generating good feedback from the audience.

Future subjects

  • Defining and illustration of Soft Skills and their importance in an IT organization
  • Efficient collaboration in a team
  • Interpersonal negotiation skills
  • Conflict management
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Clarity of communication
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Asking colleagues for help
  • Public speaking and overcoming stage fright
  • Stress relief: When and how to say “no”
  • “Soft Skills” vs “Hard Skills” at a job interview