“Soft skills – ahhhhh, wish I could take time to learn the easy stuff: I’ve got too much to do, just with my real job!”

If we had a couple of quid for every time I’d heard that, or something like it, we’d barely have to work every again.

The thing is though, it misses the point.

In today’s world it’s not a question of “the real job plus…” because the soft skills are the real job.

Technical skills alone don’t cut it. Technical skills alone don’t differentiate you from the competition. Technical skills these days are taken as a starting point. They’re the baseline, they’re a given.

These days the differentiator is the so-called ‘soft skills’.

Make no mistake, by the way, soft skills are hard – but that’s a different issue, perhaps.

Think about it… if there are two people in front of you and both of them can do their job, which of them are you going to pick? The one who can talk about his job, too, of course.  And if everyone can do the job but only one of them can talk about it?

You get the idea, I’m sure.

(By the way, I’m not alone in this thought: the erudite Mind Tools site has a similar, but more in-detail post.)

So what’s the point? The point is that anyone who wants to get on in their job – particularly if that job isn’t simple repetitive/mechanical work – needs to up their game. The kinds of training you need to do your job aren’t the kinds of tools you need in management and leadership.

What got you here won’t get you there.

That means you need to get your soft skills up to spec.. .and the less you agree, the more you need to! 😉

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