Training Industry Magazine - Spring 2015 - (Page 3)
- D OU G H ARWAR D
M A K E U P V I TA L PA R T
O F C O R P O R AT E T R A I N I N G
The term "soft skills" is not as commonly
used as it was many years ago in the training
profession, but it's still a critical component
of most corporate curriculums. Quite frankly,
it could be argued that it makes up the
largest amount of spending many companies
allocate to training courseware.
When asked, many training professionals
know what we mean when we refer to soft
skills. But my experience shows that few
can clearly articulate the spectrum of soft
skills training that their organization needs.
By definition, soft skills training refers to
training that aims to improve an individual's
interpersonal skills - or those associated with
an individual's ability to reason or make critical
decisions using knowledge or experience.
In contrast, hard skills are considered those
that are needed to perform redundant or predefined tasks, whereby the skills are driven by
rules or protocol.
The challenge with these definitions is that we
live in a world where even the most mundane
or rudimentary tasks require a worker to think,
use reason and be knowledgeable about the
environment in which they work.
This edition of Training Industry Magazine
brings focus back to the importance of soft
skills and addresses recent advancements
and best practices in how soft skills training
is provided. This issue explores innovations
and best practices related to storytelling,
collaboration, teamwork, communications
THERE IS NO
OF SOFT SKILLS
From where I sit, there is no question regarding
the importance of soft skills training. The
challenge is identifying the type of skills that
are most relevant in today's workforce and
developing the best approaches to providing
that training. It is our hope that you will use
this collection of best practices for soft skills
training to generate new ideas that can be
used within your own organization.
Doug Harward is CEO of Training Industry, Inc.
and a former learning leader in the high-tech
industry. Email Doug.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Spring 2015
Soft Skills Make Up Vital Part of Corporate Training
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Leadership: The Artichoke Effect
Focusing on Mindsets and Attitudes
The Importance of Soft Skills For Trainers
Social Simulators Bring Training to Life
The Power of Storytelling in Organizational Development
Leading Change with Resilience
Why Perspective Selling Makes Sense
Harnessing the Power of Teamwork
Collaborate to Innovate: Building an Innovation-Friendly Business Culture
Are You Using the Best Metrics to Evaluate Your Skills Training?
Influencing into the Future
Culture: The Enemy at the Gate of Innovation
Casebook: T-Mobile: Answering the Call for Leadership Development
Leadership is an Inside Job
Vendor Selection Tips for Corporate Sales Training
Checking Your Motivation to Lead
The Real ROI of Leadership Training: Soft Skills Lead to Hard Results
Training Industry Magazine - Spring 2015