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Soft Skills Enhance Your Technical Skills. Instructions: For each statement, select the option that best describes you. Please answer questions as you

Apr 01, 2015

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Slide 2 Soft Skills Enhance Your Technical Skills. Slide 3 Instructions: For each statement, select the option that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be), and don't worry if some questions seem to score in the 'wrong direction'. Slide 4 I make sure that I display the same standards of behavior that I expect from other people. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 5 When providing feedback, I wait until I've observed enough incidents of a behavior to make a generalized statement that is accurate. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 6 I go along with others' decisions rather than inject my ideas into the mix. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 7 I say "thank you" to the people I work with. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 8 During times of conflict I think about how to preserve the relationship and still get my needs met. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 9 While actively talking with someone, I have composed my answer before they have finished speaking. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 10 I look out for myself at work and do what is necessary to get ahead. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 11 I think about how others perceive a problem or issue a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 12 I speak first, and think later. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 13 I collaborate with others to solve problems using a variety of problem solving tools and techniques a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 14 I cause more harm than good when trying to resolve a conflict. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 15 When someone gives me feedback, I ask him or her to provide examples so that I can better understand the issue a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 16 I pay attention to other people's body language. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 17 Where team agreement is necessary, I figure out the best solution to a problem and then explain why it's the right decision. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 18 I study my audiences' needs, decide what I want to say and then figure out the best way to say it. a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 19 I make sure everyone knows about my contribution to a positive outcome a.Not at all b.Rarely c.Sometimes d.Often e.Very often Slide 20 Statement no Not at all a Rarely b Sometimes c Often d Very often e 112345 254321 354321 412345 512345 654321 754321 812345 954321 1012345 1154321 1212345 1312345 1454321 1512345 1654321 Slide 21 SCORE INTERPRETATION 18-36 37-58 59-80 Slide 22 18-36 Your technical skills may have taken precedence over your people skills in your career to date. You aren't making the most of the relationships you have at work, and this may be limiting your career growth. It's time to assess how you can work better with others in the workplace and develop a more collaborative, understanding, and open approach to getting your needs met while still achieving team and organizational objectives Slide 23 37-58 You recognize that working well with others in the workplace is important; and you are trying to work collaboratively while still making sure your needs are met. There is room for improvement, however, as old habits may creep in during times of stress and pressure. Make a plan to work actively on your people skills so that they form the natural basis for how you approach workplace relationships. Slide 24 59-80 Your people skills are good. You understand the give and take involved in complex issues involving people. You might not always approach situations perfectly, however you have a sufficiently good understanding to know when and where you need to take steps to rectify things. Keep working on your people skills, and set an example for the rest of your team. Slide 25 KEY POINTS With well-developed people skills, you can communicate effectively on an interpersonal level; manage conflict positively; work productively with others to find solutions and reach agreement; and work with integrity and ethics to motivate and inspire others. These are all skills that can be learned and developed. Even the most technically-oriented worker can begin to incorporate people skills in his or her work setting. Best of all, people skills are not limited to the workplace. When worked on actively, they will enrich all aspects of your professional and personal life.