Tuesday, 5 February 2008

A Definition of Soft Skills

Some of us might be cureous to realise what exactly soft skills is. We could say that soft skills refers to personality traits, social graces, facility with language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that mark people to varying degrees. Soft skills complement hard skills, which are the technical requirements of a job. It can also be an important part of the success of an organization, especially if the organisation is dealing with customers face to face.

Some exaples of soft skills as showned by Wikipedia.
Personal Qualities:
  • responsibility,
  • self-esteem,
  • sociabilty,
  • self-management,
  • integrity/honesty.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Participates as a member of the Team
  • Teaches others
  • Serves Client / Customers
  • Exercises Leadership
  • Negotiates
  • Works with cultural diversity


Artani said...

While talking about soft skill I recalled a story once I read somewhere.

An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life.

He said to the boy: -“A fight is going on inside me. It is a tremble fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego”.

“The other – he continued – is good, he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
“The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.” – said the old man.

The grandson then asked his grandfather: “And, which wolf will win grandpa?”
“The one you feed, my son!” – simply replied the old Cherokee.

Well, I think that this is just what soft skill is about. It is about feeding and training the ‘good wolf’, showing kindness and being gentile toward the others, being patient and listening to them, giving pleasure to them wile they communicate with you, smiling with everyone around you and radiating respect, understanding and pleasure.


fhasweh said...

thank you artan,
this is a very good story.

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houcheng said...

Hi Artani,
A great story,
May I share your story on my FB?
thanks a lot

Chitresh said...

Awsmmm.. So simple and nice

Chitresh said...

Awssmm.. So simple and nice