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If you’re a leader, manager, or a supervisor or even a mere team member in any field, and if you’ve not read the little book ‘The One Minute Manager’, you should do it right away. “With more than two million hardcover copies in print, The One Minute Manager ranks as one of the most successful management books ever published.”
That being said, my goal here and right now is not to promote this book. I thought to share with you what the author, who is recognized as a management and leadership guru worldwide, Ken Blanchard said about Jesus. He wrote, “Everything I had ever taught or written about effective leadership during the past thirty-five years, Jesus did to perfection, beyond my ability to portray or describe. I realized that Christians have more in Jesus than just a spiritual leader; we have a practical and effective leadership model for all organizations, for all people, for all situations.” I conquer!
That is why based on my book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’, I will use Jesus as a role model and show you, in my upcoming Facebook live chats, how the 12 soft skills recognized in the book allowed Jesus to succeed in His earthly ministry more than 2000 years ago. Those of you who are interested to read the book, which is written for anyone regardless of your religious affiliation and based on a case study in one of the leading research organizations, is available on Amazon.
However, as a way of giving back to the continent I came from, Africa and my own fellow Habesha leaders, professionals, and business owners who understand English, I’ll show you how Jesus, other Biblical characters, and past and contemporary leaders from the corporate world have had these soft skills that contributed to their outstanding success.
I’ll share with you insights, stories, and most importantly, tools that can help you take your already existing soft skills to the next height. This is especially transformational to the immigrant community in the Diaspora. Your talents, gifts, intellect, hard work, and so on aren’t enough to succeed in the West. You need to develop the 12 soft skills that make or break your success in the new culture you live and work.
Remember, I wrote this book based on my experience as a trainer for some government agencies, major corporations, and non-profit organizations. These organizations pay thousands of dollars to offer workshops to their leaders, managers, supervisors, and team members on these themes. Thus, don’t miss this opportunity. It’s free.
I’ll post more updates on my facebook account before the launch of this live chat. In the meantime, I’d like to hear your suggestions. I also encourage you to share this good news with the people you know who may benefit from this program.
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Authentic purpose is subjective
I’ve helped individuals and organizations to discover (refine) their purpose, and their organization’s mission. I said: I’ve ‘helped’. This is because an authentic purpose is subjective. You’re the only one who knows yours and your organization’s purpose.
My job as a coach and consultant has been asking the right questions to facilitate the discovery. However, I found out quickly that clarifying what purpose is and what it’s not from the onset has always been important. It has always been helpful when I’m on the same page with my clients concerning the definition of purpose/mission from the start.
What I found out in my conversations…
I’ve also made informal one-on-one conversations with friends and colleagues mainly out of curiosity. Whenever I ask people, ‘What is your purpose?’, I get different answers. Many don’t differentiate their generic assignment in life and their day job from the reason for existence. Still, others don’t want to answer the question. They would rather change the subject to something else.
Nonetheless, I met a few who knew and articulated their purpose very well. They didn’t think twice. Exuding palpable energy, they talked about it with passion. These individuals understood what purpose means, and many of them discovered their unique purpose. Some of them went in detail to describe it. These individuals found their reason for existence and were ready to die for it.
For your information, I found out that most of the individuals from the last group, went the extra mile and used the opportunity to find out my purpose in life, and whether we shared the same cause. No wonder. Since these individuals lead purpose-oriented relationships, they take every opportunity to build a relationship based on a common cause. We’ll talk more on this later.
The key thing to mention at this point is that these individuals understood that their personal fulfillment is tied with the fulfillment of others. They believed that they’re not islands. They knew that they couldn’t achieve personal fulfillment without contributing toward the realization of others’ fulfillment.
How do I react when asked about my purpose?
Of course, I also met some individuals who asked me this the same question. As you can imagine, whenever people give me the opportunity and honor to talk about my purpose in life, I talk about it forever, if they allow me. My mood changes. If I was sitting, I sit comfortably. If I was standing, I plant myself and begin to talk about it as if I’m talking to thousands of people.
Those who know their purpose are brave souls
I don’t know about you. Individuals who know their purpose attract me for varies reasons. I consider such individuals brave souls. Spending time with such individuals encourages and motivates me a lot. I also learn some lessons from their purpose-oriented journey which I can apply in my own life and organizations.
Conversation with Ken…
Let me share with you one of my conversations in detail. I met Ken (not his real name) through one of my business partners, let’s call him Pete. They met a couple of weeks ago at a networking event. Since he met Ken, Pete kept talking about him a lot and brought his name in our conversations multiple times.
Finally, Pete suggested that we should meet. He told me, “I’m sure, you will like him the moment you meet him.” And, he didn’t waste any time. He invited both of us to attend one of his family gatherings…
Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 45 – 47. You can read more about the book by click here…
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release
The author of ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others successfully’, Dr. Assegid Habtewold is scheduled to facilitate a 2-day boot camp style workshop on September 2 – 3, 2017 in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The workshop is designed to equip you with latest insights, processes, and tools that empower you to develop your soft skills and in turn take your life, career, and business to the next level.
Silver Spring, MD, August 25, 2017 (Success Pathways)– Do you want to increase your self-awareness? Do you desire to control your emotions? Are you struggling to manage your time and energy? Is it hard for you to solve problems smartly and make tough decisions? Do you aspire to take your communication ability to the next level? Is it challenging for you to turn conflicts into opportunities? Are you leaving great stuff on the negotiation table? Do you want to lead change artfully and smoothly? Well, you need to attend the upcoming workshop on September 2 – 3, 2017 in downtown Silver Spring, MD.
For your information, research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center revealed, “85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills).” Unfortunately, many professionals, business owners, supervisors, managers, and leaders over depend on their technical expertise. They neglect to develop their soft skills proactively, and thus, they pay dire prices individually and cause havoc in their organizations. Common workplace complaints such as high turnover, conflict, and low productivity many companies experience come down to lack of certain soft skills.
This 2-day boot camp style intensive workshop is based on the newly published book entitled “Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success.” The top 12 soft skills that are covered in the book are industry and culture neutral. Regardless of your profession and cultural background, it equips you to take your life, career, and business to the next height. The workshop is highly interactive, dynamic, engaging, filled with small and large group discussions, and demonstrations. It’s based on adult learning principles.
Whether you are looking for a job that matches your qualification, start a new career, open a business, advance in your career, expand your business, or a supervisor/manager who would like to get along with diverse stakeholders and lead your team successfully, don’t miss this boot camp style workshop.
Title: 2-Day Intensive Workshop on the top 12 Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success
Dates: Saturday, September 02 – Sunday, September 03, 2017.
Fee: 300 USD/Person (Only 20 participants per batch. First come, first served)
Facilitator: Assegid Habtewold
Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT0a-hFoWOc
About The Author and facilitator:
Assegid Habtewold is a coach, consultant, speaker, and trainer at Success Pathways, LLC. He has over two decades of leadership experience and has been empowering leaders from diverse industries on themes that are covered in this book. He has diverse professional background: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Master’s in Computer Science, and Doctor of Strategic Leadership. He frequently blogs and facilitates workshops on the 12 soft skills discussed in this book for some government agencies and major corporations.
On August 26, 2017, I’m scheduled to present on soft skills twice (@1: 30 pm and 3: 30 pm) for 30 minutes each on soft skills. This is a great event filled with outstanding speakers and jam-packed programs. If you’re in the metro area, don’t miss it. For detail including to purchase your ticket, schedule, location, and so on., visit www.empowercw.com
Upcoming Events on Soft Skills:
- Guest Facilitator. Organizer: 21st C Community. Event: Weekly Career Success Webinars. Dates: August 16, 23, and 30, 2017. Time: 9 – 10 pm EST. To sign-up and attend the webinars, go to this page: https://icattnet.adobeconnect.com/r1ftzpeisab/The audio recording of August 16, 2017, webinar on soft skills. Part 2 is on Aug 23 @ 9 pm EST: Part I- Increasing Self-awareness
- Facilitating a 2-day workshop. Organizer: Sholla Corporation. Event: 2-day boot camp style intensive workshop. Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 2 – 3, 2017. Time: 9 – 5 pm. Place: For more, check out this link: http://successpws.com/?page_id=2409
- Appreciate the importance of soft skills for their career success
- Which soft skills are vital to develop personal mastery, get along with and lead others
- Got some latest insights, tools, stories to them work on their soft skills
- And more.
The workshop was held at Sholla, downtown Silver Spring, for the company’s current students, trainers, and alumni. Here is a YouTube photo slideshow to watch some of the pics taken from the event: https://youtu.be/lJCraYwUyjw
The next big event you shouldn’t miss is the 2-day boot camp style workshop on the top 12 soft skills based on the recently published book “Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success”. For more, check this page: http://successpws.com/?page_id=2409
By the way, we have so many requests for sponsorship. Many immigrants who cannot afford to pay for the event are asking for help. If you would like to sponsor one or more participants to this life transforming event, please reach out to us.
The Ethiopian TV and Radio (ESAT)’s Reeyot interviewed me based on my new book. The interview wasn’t conducted in English. It’s in Amharic…
Sholla presents a boot camp style 2-day intensive workshop on September 2 – 3, 2017 based on the newly published book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others successfully’. The facilitator of the workshop is Dr. Assegid Habtewold, the author of the book. He has been a trainer for some government agencies and corporations since 2007. Entrance fee is 300 USD/person. Only 20 attendees are admitted for the first batch. To learn more, check this link: http://sholla.com/about-our-training/softskills/
However, Sholla would like to invite Dr. Assegid to facilitate a 2-hour fast paced workshop exclusive to Sholla current students and Alumni for free on August 19, 2017, @4 – 6 pm at Sholla (8204 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910). We have, nonetheless, some seats reserved for guests.
Please note that research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center revealed, “85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills). Unfortunately, many professionals, especially technical professionals in IT, Science, Engineering, and so on over depend on their technical expertise. Accordingly, they neglect to develop their soft skills proactively, and in turn, many struggles to get jobs that match their skills, many of those who set their feet in may lose their jobs because of their inability to get along with diverse people. Since having well-developed soft skills is a requirement to become a supervisor or a manager and succeed in these leadership positions, many technically savvy professionals unable to advance in their careers, and watch from the sidelines while others with average technical expertise climb the corporate ladder.
These shall not be your fate. You can develop your soft skills proactively to complement your technical skills, and take your career to the next level. It’s possible, and we’re here to help you.
You’re hardworking with an outstanding personality. You have excellent technical skills as IT professionals. Nonetheless, to succeed in the US, get promoted, and climb the corporate ladder, you need to hone your soft skills. This 2-hour workshop on August 19, 2017, @4 – 6 pm is packed with great insights, tools, and processes that will empower you to develop the 12 top soft skills that make or break your career success.
The event was organized by A Consortium of Northern Virginia Workforce Development Organizations.
A couple of sponsors donated over 35 Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success book to participants.
- Appreciate the importance of soft skills for their success
- Which soft skills are vital to develop personal mastery, get along with and lead others
- And more.
The workshop was held at Veterans Plaza, downtown Silver Spring. Here is a YouTube photo slideshow to watch some of the pics taken from the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htrQvhLmiKU