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Technical skills alone cannot take you to the next height

…I’d been a technical professional since the turn of the new century up until I decided to become a trainer in 2007. Between 2000 – 2005, I worked as a researcher for an international research organization. I also worked as a production operator and then a software engineer for a multinational corporation between 2005 – 2007.

These great opportunities gave me chances to work with so many outstanding technical professionals. The majority of these technically superb professionals, though experienced in their field of studies, they struggled to continually advance in their career and climb the corporate ladder due to lack of certain soft skills.

Many technical professionals in accounting, medicine, engineering, math, science, IT, and so on over depend on their technical abilities, and thus, give minimal attention toward improving their soft skills on a consistent basis. They assume that the technical skills that brought them thus far would take them to the next height. Marshall Goldsmith disagrees. He argued, What got you here won’t get you there.”…

 

Taken from page 131 of the book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others.’

 

Notes:

1. The print and kindle version of the book will soon be available. Stay tuned.

2. Below are some of the follow-up services Success Pathways will soon start to provide based on the theme of the book:

  1. Book signings
  2. Keynotes
  3. Individual workshops
  4. Individual and group coaching
  5. Soft Skill Development program

If you may have any question or need additional information, let’s know. If you’re also interested to get one or more of these services, don’t hesitate to reach out:

Emailassegid@successpws.com and/or assegidh@gmail.com

Tel: 703-895-4551

Soft Skills for collective success

…It’s impossible to meet our corporate goals by solely depending on our people’s technical abilities. The workplace needs, more than ever, team members who have developed certain soft skills. The latter contribute toward more effective, harmonious, and fruitful work environment, which in turn leads to achieving irrefutable results collectively.

In response to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 survey, out of the ten skills employers look for when they hire, the top-five are soft skills. These soft skills include, “Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization, Ability to work in a team structure, Ability to make decisions and solve problems, Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, and Ability to obtain and process information.”

 

Taken from page 27 of the book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others.’

 

Notes:

1. The print and kindle version of the book will soon be available. Stay tuned.

2. Below are some of the follow-up services Success Pathways will soon start to provide based on the theme of the book:

  1. Book signings
  2. Keynotes
  3. Individual workshops
  4. Individual and group coaching
  5. Soft Skill Development program

If you may have any question or need additional information, let’s know. If you’re also interested to get one or more of these services, don’t hesitate to reach out:

Emailassegid@successpws.com and/or assegidh@gmail.com

Tel: 703-895-4551

Soft skills to attain impactful, lasting, & sustainable success

…Remember that without these 12 soft skills one may still:

·      Find a job,

·      Open a business,

·      Get promoted, and

·      Even take a key leadership position like in the case of Dan.

Nonetheless, it’s unlikely to:

  • Succeed
  • Serve one’s organization,
  • Community, and
  • Society extraordinarily without developing these key soft skills.

These 12 soft skills make or break your individual and/or collective success. They are mandatory to:

  • Attain impactful,
  • Lasting, and
  • Sustainable success…

Taken from page 7 of the book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others.’

 

 

Notes:

1. The print and kindle version of the book will soon be available. Stay tuned.

2. Below are some of the follow-up services Success Pathways will soon start to provide based on the theme of the book:

  1. Book signings
  2. Keynotes
  3. Individual workshops
  4. Individual and group coaching
  5. Soft Skill Development program

If you may have any question or need additional information, let’s know. If you’re also interested to get one or more of these services, don’t hesitate to reach out:

Emailassegid@successpws.com and/or assegidh@gmail.com

Tel: 703-895-4551

Soft Skills that Make or Break Your Success- Preface

Preface

Researches show that the lion share of success comes from soft skills than technical. Sadly, many professionals over depend on their technical skills. And thus, neglect to develop their soft skills proactively and in turn pay dire prices individually and cause havoc in their organizations. Common complaints such as high turnover, conflict, lack of synergy, and low levels of productivity in many of today’s organizations come down to lack of certain soft skills.

This book is based on the story of a successful professional , Dan Murphy who works for a multinational research organization- Global Health Research (GHR). Dan was promoted to lead a multimillion dollar project because of his superb technical skills as a researcher. Unfortunately, due to lack of certain soft skills, problems started to prop up. He couldn’t get along with his peers, and lead his team members.

After several attempt to help, verbal warnings, and then a written one for his file, his immediate boss- Susan Jeffrey, decided to remove him from leading the project. However, since Dan was one of the superstar researchers at GHR, this caused havoc and forced the CEO- Paul Gray, to intervene. Finally, Paul negotiated a deal, which required Dan to attend a three-part Soft Skills Development program, and to work with a mentor in order to continue lead the project.

The book narrates how the problem began, the negotiations, and the main discussion points from the mentoring sessions. The first part of the book covers the discussions among Dan, Susan, and Paul. Introductions of the remaining three parts (Mastering Self, Getting Along, and Leading Others) narrate the discussions between the trainer and attendees of the program. The 12 chapters narrate Dan’s one-on-one mentoring sessions with his mentor- Rafael Arthur.

The main discussion points of each mentoring session include:

  1. Four key lessons he learned;
  2. Some of the assessments, processes, models, and/or tools he found helpful; and
  3. Immediate actions he plans to take as a result of attending that particular workshop.

The story of GHR and its staff in this book is fictional but realistic. GHR and its employees serve as an illustration of common challenges many companies around the world may face because of lack of certain soft skills. As a former researcher and workshop facilitator for scientific and research organizations, the examples are based on my experiences though the identifying details have been changed.

The program Dan attended is composed of 12 interactive workshops necessary to master self, get along with, and lead others. These 12 soft skills are industry and culture neutral. In whichever industry and country you may belong, they empower you to achieve extraordinary success in your personal life, career, and business.

Speaking of extraordinary success, by default, we all strive to succeed. It’s within our DNA. By hook or by crook, every one of us goes the extra mile to succeed- to achieve more, and go to the next level. We all, individually and collectively, have a desire to succeed.

Of course, success is subjective. It’s in the eye of the beholder. What you consider success may not be recognized as success by someone else, and vice versa.

To achieve the success that you’re pursuing, you need personal mastery; you need to get along with, and lead others successfully. And, this book contains great insights, tools, and processes that empower you to develop the 12 soft skills that make or break your success in life, career, and/or business.

 

Notes:
1. The print and kindle version of the book will soon be available. Stay tuned.

2. Below are some of the follow-up services Success Pathways will soon start to provide based on the theme of the book:

  1. Book signings
  2. Keynotes
  3. Individual workshops
  4. Individual and group coaching
  5. Soft Skill Development program

If you may have any question or need additional information, let’s know. If you’re also interested to get one or more of these services, don’t hesitate to reach out:
Email: assegid@successpws.com and/or assegidh@gmail.com
Tel: 703-895-4551

 

85% Success comes from well-developed soft skills

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 inventors, new hires, supervisors, managers, business owners, and professionals over depend on their technical skills. Accordingly, they neglect to develop their soft skills proactively and in turn pay dire prices.

Success Pathways understands the critical roles soft skills play. We provide soft skill workshops to empower your people attain success in what they do.

The following are some of the soft skills workshops we provide. Our workshops are very interactive and engaging filled with latest insights, practical tools, processes, and methods your people could use in the workplace right away. You may click the links below to read the synopsis and learning objectives of each workshop:

  1. Communication Strategies
  2. Effective Presentation Skills
  3. Turning Conflicts into Opportunities
  4. Negotiate Like a PRO
  5. Promoting Diversity and Embracing Inclusiveness
  6. Essentials of Project Management

If your team needs one or more of these workshops and/or to learn more, please feel free to reach out.

Note: Success Pathways Press will soon publish a reference book that provides insights, stories, and processes to empower readers develop the right attitude, mindset, and soft skills necessary to succeed in what they do. We’ve also designed a program for organizations that would like to empower their people by inviting Success Pathways to their organizations. We will work with you to customize the program to align it with your corporate culture, organizational setting, and the needs of your people. If you’re interested to be notified when the book and the program become available, let’s know.

Emailassegid@successpws.com

Tele: 703-895-4551

Featured Workshops at SPW

The following soft skill workshops are featured at Success Pathways. You may click the links below to read the synopsis and learning objectives of each workshop:

  1. Communication Strategies
  2. Effective Presentation Skills
  3. Turning Conflicts into Opportunities
  4. Negotiate Like a PRO
  5. Promoting Diversity and Embracing Inclusiveness
  6. Essentials of Project Management

If your team needs one or more of these workshops and/or to learn more, please feel free to reach out:

Email: assegid@successpws.com

Tele: 703-895-4551

Adopting to Change, Flowing with the Current…

ChangeEverything in life and nature changes except change itself. It remains the only constant that doesn’t bow down to the course of nature. Change has been with us since the beginning of history. The only thing that changed is the pace of change that has been quickened especially in these days.

In the 21st C, either you change and flow with the current or die. You cannot stand on the way of change and survive to tell your side of the story. Even if you don’t like it or feel uncomfortable about it or angry with what is changing; you cannot stop it. It didn’t just change. It had been there for years. Now, it just surfaced and exploded in your face 🙂

When the CEO of Nokia cried in front of an audience saying that they did their best but still lost it, what he didn’t realize was that they didn’t just lose when Microsoft acquired them. They had failed to sense the change that was coming ahead of the curve. And, that negligence had a steeping price.

Ask yourself, did your organization or business or even you as a person anticipate the change that is now overwhelming you? The answer is simple. If you are just mad, angry, and helpless as you struggle to cope with the change, you didn’t anticipate what was coming well before the change exploded and became obvious. That is okay, it happens. The real question is, what do you do about it, now change is here?

You don’t need to lose twice by resisting the change that you haven’t anticipated coming. This time, brace to flow with it and find ways to maximize the opportunities that may exist within the changing pattern. Don’t allow yourself and organization lose twice and maybe forever… The ball is in your court…

History proved us again and again that even in the midst of recessions, new millionaires and thriving businesses emerged.

In the midst of rapid changes that are going on in the US, and around the world, as much as there are challenges, risks, and dangers ahead, there are overt and hidden opportunities you should tap into by turning your anger and frustration into meaningful and fruitful actions.

Yes, some are going to lose big time while others may win in a given change equation. But, there are some people and organizations who may find themselves in the first group who won’t surrender to lose it all. If you are in the other side of the fence and one of the losers, don’t give up yet, be like those who have braced to face the change boldly and those who attempt to change the course of the change in their favor. Regroup, and strategize to adopt to change, and change the course of history for good.

Brace to face the change that is inevitable. Don’t spend too much time and energy in complaining and resisting the change you cannot stop or slow. Understand that it’s wise to flow with the current and achieve your goals what so ever up hill the battle may be to succeed in the changing circumstance that may not favor you right now.

This afternoon, together with some awesome community leaders, I’m going to talk about the nature of change, what happens when we don’t change, and stories of organizations and nations that couldn’t be able to discern a change ahead and paid dire prices, and some models to reference as we navigate through the change that is happening, and tools and approaches to overcome fear, uncertainty, confusion, and so on as we pass through a rapidly changing landscape around us.

If you’re in the DC Metro area, and available this afternoon (@4pm), why don’t you come and let’s have conversations about change management. Here is the address: Lincolnia Senior Center 4710 N. Chambliss ST, Alexandria.Hope to see you soon…

 

Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the owner and lead trainer at Success Pathways, LLC. He facilitates Change Management workshops. Here is the link to learn the learning objectives of our Change Management workshop: http://successpws.com/?page_id=1491

Keynotes to transform your team and organization

Are you wondering why your team/organization is stuck? Do you feel like you stagnated? You tried somethings to change your situation and take your team and organization to the next height but it looks like they are not working? Why don’t you invite me to understand your situation, talk to you and your key people, and come up with a 30 – 90 minutes keynote to inspire, challenge, engage, and direct your people to make the right changes that take your team and organization to the next level.

I’ve been a leader and served organizations from diverse industries for more than two decades. Since 2007, I closely worked with leaders to mentor, coach, train, and consult them make organizational changes. My doctoral degree is Strategic Leadership, and majoring in Global Consulting. While still a full time student between 2009 – 2013, and since graduation, I’ve lots of opportunities to promote change in organizational designs, configure or reconfigure corporate cultures, conduct values alignment assessments, and more.

I’d like to help you transform your team and organization. Of course, I don’t stop at the first stage, which is keynote. If your team is convinced that I know the root cause and the ability to support you fix it, I’ll work with you to further conduct interviews, send questionnaires to gather further info and inputs, and also come up with a consulting report that layout the next steps. Once we discuss on the proposal and reach a consensus on how to move forward, I closely work with you during implementation, and the follow up stages. If necessary, I’m available to provide individual and group coaching to make sure that we develop the capacity of your people to implement the change plus continue to sustain the change.

If you would like to know some of the motivational themes, you may check out this link: http://successpws.com/?page_id=21, and if you are interested to read some testimonials, here you go: http://successpws.com/?page_id=30

You may please contact me for more details or if you may have any question.

 

Master Delivering Tough Feedback

Delivering Constructive CriticismOne of the leadership workshops that I facilitate is Delivering Constructive Criticism. This skill of providing tough feedback is one of the skills we need to master if our desire is to get along with others, succeed in our personal and professional life, and also to become an authentic and credible manager and leader. We all know that providing tough feedback, especially to people with whom we live and work closely is hard, to say the least. These could be our lovers, relatives, those who report to us, friends, bosses, what have you. We don’t want to offend them, and in turn affect our relationship.

Though it is tough, mastering this skill differentiates you from the crowd; it could become your competitive advantage. It empowers you manage and lead others effectively. When you master this skill you know how to be nice and at the same time honest to give critical feedback to the people you love and care about. Remember, they need your feedback desperately even if they may not be aware. Know that they may not know yet that the feedback you have for them has been getting in the way and sabotaging their success in their personal life and career. It’s their blind spot.

But, be careful not to give feedback for the sake of it. To get along with others and also become a successful leader, you need to know how to provide a custom made feedback that leads to performance improvement. The key word here is performance improvement. If somebody says, behaves, and/or does something and if it gets in the way or contributes towards the betterment of the team, and for the achievement of the bottom-line of the organization, that is when you need to provide a tailored made feedback. You want them to continue to do what they do well, and improve those things they are not doing so well.

What do I mean by tailor made? For starters, state the issue clearly. Let’s start with a positive feedback. You might have noticed that someone has been listening intently and you know that this skill has been one of the reasons you like this person, and also you know that it contributes for that person’s personal and professional life if he/she continues to do it. Tell him/her, “You listen intently.” Then, describe what you mean by listening intently: “I know you listen very well because you ask questions, nod your head, maintain eye contact when you listen.” If necessary, you may point out some instances where this person listened you attentively. You may point out, “Do you remember our one-on-one on last Friday? You were listening carefully…” “During our coaching session last week, I could be able to tell that you were listening keenly…” You may encourage the person to continue using active listening more often including where and how to use it so that the person may capitalize on this skill.

Let’s see another example. This time, a tough feedback that requires telling someone that he/she needs to make improvements. Be specific and tell the person what is not working well (what should change). “I didn’t understand you when you explained the chart or walked me through the steps of…” This reminds the person the instance. The person might already know the reason why he or she was fast or unaware. In the latter case, give some options to help that person slow a little bit so that you and other people could be able to understand him/her in the future.

By all means, be direct! Don’t use proxies when you give tough feedbacks. People respect you, even if they may not agree with your feedback when you straighten up with them. Some people act like jerks by going behind and stabbing people or use proxies when they give tough feedback. When you offer people feedback about what they aren’t doing well directly, they admire and honor you. You build your authenticity and credibility. And these are two of the most important leadership attributes you need to influence and command following. When you provide tough feedbacks nicely and directly, people come to you in the future to solicit more feedback. For instance, rather than saying ‘some people don’t even know how to pick the right tie’, and hope your friend or colleague gets it, pull aside the person who needs this feedback desperately (it’s his/her blind spot), and tell him/her in their face: ‘You look great with this suit and tie. You may not be aware. I want you to know that your tie doesn’t match with the occasion’, and offer some options for next time use.

In conclusion, don’t give feedback for the sake of it. Don’t flatter or belittle people with your feedback. Learn how to give and receive feedback, give more frequently, and also ‘beg’ feedback from the people who work with you closely. When you give tough feedback that requires improvements, be positive, direct, and offer some options for that person to make improvements. It’s not a big deal if someone is not skillful like yours in picking the right tie. Don’t make it a big deal. Don’t walk around the bush. When people see that you care enough to take risk and give them tough feedback, they know that you have their best interest in your heart. People also reciprocate it by giving you back tough feedback that have been your blind spots. They trust you that you won’t be offended or get hurt if they give you tough feedback because they saw you doing the same.

By the way, at Success Pathways, we provide a one-day workshop entitled “Delivering Constructive Criticism”. To learn more about this workshop including the Learning Objectives, checkout this link: http://successpws.com/?page_id=1486

Workshop on Self Awareness

The9CardinalBuildingBlocks_Book_3DSuccess Pathways, LLC provides workshops on the theme Self Awareness. Here is an excerpt from my book entitled “The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: for continued success in leadership” published by Success Pathways Press:

“…Holistic self-awareness requires understanding the fundamental truths that govern the most important aspects of your life including your environment, the universe, your Source, and what is going on around you regionally and globally. Once you encounter and embody the most important truths that govern the most essential aspects of life, you will be transformed from being a mere human to a ‘god’. This journey finally leads you to become one with the truth at the end of the day. Of course, reaching this level of awareness doesn’t mean that you don’t face human experiences. It doesn’t mean also that you know the answer to every question in life. But being in the side of the Truth enables you to trust that everything is going to be fine. When you’re in this state, you just do what you can based on the truth you have uncovered, one day at a time. The good thing is, once you’re on this journey you begin to let go of worries and fears, and start to live each moment joyfully and thankfully…”

It’s taken from page 10, Cardinal Building Block 1: Self Awareness

 

If you’re interested, let’s know…