Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Soft Skills..matters..?

Recently study Men have higher IQ than women triggered many questions on the way, IQ are conducted, inequality, opporunties,,etc.. one that interest me is in this day and age.. is only IQ can be used for measurement for so-called "good employee"...!?

topic of the day - how important is Soft Skills (which females are very very good at..): I find increasely evidence its very important, just by notice power-puff ladies on boardroom. Needless to mention how talented they are but also they have advantage in soft skills. Are "soft skills" more important than actual knowledge?

Yes.. it may be Hard Truth but Soft Skills Matters...

to give an example from IT industry(to the most reader can relate too) - It's not enough anymore to be a crack programmer or a nimble network administrator. These days, CIOs need IT staffers to share more of the burden of business, to interact with other departments and to communicate effectively with colleagues. These non-IT skills (business acumen, communication, leadership, project management and so on), often called "soft" skills, are increasing in importance as IT becomes more strategic.

HBS Working Knowledge quotes - While top performance usually is what gets global managers their international assignments, soft skills may be more important.

Note of caution : We all want to hire "team players"...but where do we strike the balance? In my opinion the pendulum between hard & soft skills has swung too far in one direction. Among the rarest of traits is the ability to balance the need for consistent corporate practices with the need for regional uniqueness.

Although “Soft Skills” are required to be successful in any team-based or collaborative
environment, evaluation and discussion of them is often accomplished through vague terminology, nebulous examples, and recommendations which sound more like the innards of a fortune cookie than a specification for action. But the gap is not as wide as it seems. By using statistically validated assessment tools, and well-understood frameworks for evaluation and discussion, it is possible to bring some science to the human side of the workplace.

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