Wat is de belangrijkste soft skill volgens ondernemers?

En 5 manieren om deze te cultiveren!

In het onlangs gepubliceerde Global Talent Trends van LinkedIn kwam naar voren dat ‘soft skills’ van essentieel belang zijn voor het groeien in je carrière. Wat is de belangrijkste soft skill? Creativiteit.

Waarom is uitgerekend creativiteit zo belangrijk? Eigenlijk is het niet heel gek. Creativiteit is de kunst om de wereld op een andere manier te bekijken, om ongewone patronen te herkennen, en om ‘losse’ zaken aan elkaar te verbinden. Vervolgens ben je veel beter in staat in om innovatieve oplossingen te bedenken, en deze aan te dragen als echte oplossingen op echte problemen.

Creativiteit is key in elke functie

Heb jij een échte leiderschapsfunctie in jouw organisatie? Dan zul je creatief met mensen, producten, en situaties om moeten kunnen gaan. Iedereen heeft op een andere manier leiding nodig, en aan jou om daar elke keer op een innovatieve manier mee om te gaan.

Zit je echter in sales? Dan weet je als geen ander dat elke prospect, elke klant, en elke relatie zich in een totaal unieke dagelijkse praktijk bevindt. Geen enkel bedrijf is hetzelfde, dus aan jou om creatief tot oplossingen te komen en dit zaadje op een onderscheidende manier in het brein van jouw gesprekspartner te planten.

Natuurlijk zijn leiders en verkopers niet de enige mensen in het bedrijfsleven waarbij creativiteit van belang is. Of je nou in finance, marketing, of de operatie zit: Altijd kom je wel een situatie tegen waar de standaard oplossingen niet werken. Aan jou om daar creatief mee om te gaan.

Branson, Ferriss, Spielberg, en Jobs zeggen het allemaal: Creativiteit op werk is essentieel.

Hoe kun jij er vervolgens voor zorgen dat jij jouw creatieve capaciteiten vergroot? Allereerst begint het natuurlijk bij de overtuiging dat jij daadwerkelijk creatief bent. Als je begint met het idee dat creativiteit niks voor jou is, wordt het complex.

Als je je deze overtuiging (“Ik ben creatief!”) eigen hebt gemaakt, zijn er nog 5 dingen die je kunt doen om de belangrijkste soft skill bij jezelf te cultiveren:

1. Wees niet bang om risico’s te nemen

Wanneer je nieuwe dingen probeert, zoals creatieve oplossingen, ideeën of initiatieven, is er natuurlijk altijd de kans dat het volledig de plank mis zal slaan. Laat dit je vooral niet ontmoedigen! Als je jezelf de vrijheid geeft om nieuwe ideeën zonder angst aan te dragen, zou je zomaar op iets kunnen komen waar niemand ooit eerder aan heeft gedacht.

2. Houd tijd vrij om je creatief te denken

Eerder hebben we al geschreven over het dagdromen met intentie en een doel. En het lijkt tegenstrijdig. Echter, mensen die vaker dagdromen scoren hoger op creatieve en intellectuele tests. Daarnaast werkt het ook mee dat je tijd vrij maakt in je agenda, om zo ruimte vrij te maken in je hoofd. Als jouw brein relaxter is, zal creativiteit ook eerder komen.

3. Wees open-minded

Onbekrompen kijken en luisteren naar nieuwe ideeën. Dankzij de associatieve capaciteiten van het brein kan creativiteit van anderen ook jouw creativiteit vergroten. Heb jij een fixed mindset? Dat is killing voor creativiteit.

Zoals Richard Branson het ooit zei: “The most thought-provoking, game-changing people are never ‘normal’.”

4. Houdt bewust je aandacht erbij

Ongeveer 7% van de tijd zijn we écht bewust. De overige 93% staan we op de automatische piloot en zijn we dus onbewust. Wanneer je zo af en toe bewust kijkt naar alle informatie en gegevens, kun je jezelf trainen nieuwe dingen eruit te pikken. Kijk met oprechte nieuwsgierigheid naar deze, verbindt de zaken en ideeën, en wie weet met welke creatieve oplossing je zult komen.

Steve Jobs: “Creativity is connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they don’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile.”

5. Stel grote vragen

Stel de vragen die anderen niet snel (durven te) stellen. Dat daagt de conventionele manier van denken en handelen uit. Zo kom je tot oplossingen die je eerder niet voor mogelijk had gehouden. Daag de status quo uit, en neem vooral geen genoegen met ‘Zo hebben we het altijd gedaan!”

Tom Bilyeu omschrijft het als volgt: “Whatever problem you’re facing, ask yourself a simple question: All politeness and political correctness aside – with total disregard for what is socially acceptable or what you WANT to be true – what would it actually take to solve your problem?”

Wat is de belangrijkste soft skill, volgens jou? En hoe ga jij ervoor zorgen dat jouw creativiteit vergroot wordt? En dat van jouw team of afdeling? Jouw gehele organisatie? Laten we daar samen eens naar kijken. Neem contact op!

The Next Best Leader

Leadership Development for Middle ManagersL

What is a great indicator for the success of your company or organization? According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s the ability of your middle managers to inspire the people in their teams. Leadership development and execution, not just by the CEO, but by everybody who leads a team.

The study that triggered the WSJ article, is done by Gallup, on the future of work. “Five years ago, the Gallup organization embarked on one of the most ambitious deep dives it has ever conducted; an analysis of the future of work based on a decade of input from nearly 2 million employees and more than 300,000 business units. The results confirmed something Gallup had seen before: a company’s productivity depends, to a high degree, on the quality of its managers.”

What else did that study show? First of all, it showed that managers didn’t just influence the results their teams achieved. Due to that influence, it even explained 70% of the results. In other words, if you want your company to be full of excellent teams, getting the right manager is 70% of the battle.

Mentorphile commented on the article by the WSJ and the Gallup study. He stated: “What sort of return can businesses expect from doing this? According to Gallup, the top 10% of companies, ranked by engagement, posted profit gains of 26% through the last recession compared with a 14% skid at comparable employers.”

As a result of better leaders, teams perform better

Want to get the leadership of your middle managers to the next level? And consequently allowing your teams to exceed their own expectations and results? We have a program just for that.

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The Art of Active Listening

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply

Everybody has heard this cliché. It’s not new. But somehow, most people don’t practice the art of active listening – which is listening to understand. To really comprehend. To be emphatically engaged in a conversation, and trying your best to understand the other person’s point of view, and digging deeper if you need to.

The people who do practice the art of active listening, radiate something special. And why? Because they have put aside their ego and are really involved in your story. They have set aside their subconscious, automatic patterns.

These people are the leaders that truly inspire. Or the team members that can bring order in a team that was chaotic before. The sales rep that gets new business deals again and again, because (s)he is actually trying to create win-win situations with clients.

Glenna Fulks gives a practical trick to improve your active listening: “Count to eight before you reciprocate.  I have been guilty of hi-jacking a conversation and realizing that I spoke too soon and cut off the other individual’s response. It will seem like an eternity, but be smart and give the person with whom you are communicating the time to acknowledge your comment or statement. It builds respect and credibility. Not only does this expand the opportunities for communication, but you also allow yourself time to hear and take notice of their cerebral nuances.”

#success #nerdsofhumandevelopment #listen #art #subconscious #visionforward #sales #leadership #teambuilding

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Paradoxical Problems: When Working Harder Doesn’t Solve It

Most of the times, working harder works. However, sometimes, it just doesn’t.

If you work hard, we’ve always been told, you can achieve anything. And it’s true: If you do the work, can you reap the results. However, with some issues, working harder will not only not work, it’ll be counterproductive.

YouTube channel The Art of Improvement has provided a video about these kinds of issues, called Paradoxical Problems. Click here to view the video.

Take a look at the problems you are facing. In your professional life, your business, or in your personal life. When will working harder be helpful? And when is it a Paradoxical Problem?

#success #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #paradoxicalproblems #visionforward

The Lifelong Journey Of Personal Development

What does personal development mean to you?

The term “personal development” is very much a part of today’s lexicon, but have you ever thought about what it really means?

Svetlana Whitener describes personal development “as a transformational journey, and improving your emotional intelligence (EI) can be a major part of that journey. This is because EI develops your self-awareness and gives you the tools to understand your own needs and the needs of others. EI also elevates your self-actualization by allowing you to honor those needs as well as understand them.”

Personal development, according to us, is very much linked to improving your emotional intelligence on the one hand. On the other hand, what new beliefs can you adapt and make your own? What skills do you need to learn in order to achieve what you want to achieve? How can you increase your sphere of influence? With yourself, and with others?

Whitener also states a number of steps she deems necessary in your lifelong journey of personal development:

  • Be honest
  • Be brave
  • Be curious
  • Be excited
  • Be creative
  • Be proud
  • Be proactive
  • Be forgiving
  • Be an internal light
  • Be progressive

We know, of course, that personal development (and professional development) is also predicated on the goal you tie it to. WHY do you want to develop yourself? WHY is it important? What Goal are you trying to achieve? Without a Goal, without that point on the horizon, the ease with which you develop yourself will be much less – all because of the way our brains are wired.

Need to take the next steps in developing yourself, personally or professionally? Need to improve yourself? Your team? Your sales? Your leadership? The way customers perceive you? Let’s get in touch.

#subconscious #success #nerdsofhumandevelopment #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #visionforward

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3 Signs You’re the Toxic Person in Your Workplace (and What to Do About It)

People tend to have a natural aversion to those who make it all about themselves. But wait, is that person you?

Inc. states: “Almost every workplace has at least one toxic employee. You know the type — always negative, tends to bully others, distracts much of the team … the “bad apple” that ruins the barrel. But what if someone were to tell you that you were that person?”

What are the signs that you are the “toxic person”? And what effects does that have on your workplace satisfaction? The relationships you have with your colleagues? With your customers and clients? Your prospects?

Try and look as objectively as possible. If you tick the boxes, it’s time to look at how you can change your behavior, as well as influence how people perceive you. And what lies underneath, on a subconscious level, that you behave like you do?

Do you:
– Make everything about you?
– Say and do passive-aggressive things?
– Feel and show jealousy of other’s successes?

You might be the toxic person in your environment. How does that affect your success? Lead yourself to a better place.

#nerdsofhumandevelopment #success #toxicpeople #subconscious #visionforward #personalleadership

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How Many Goals Do You Have?

What do you want to achieve?

“Experts on the science of success know that the brain is a goal-seeking organism.  Whatever personal goals you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve them.” – Jack Canfield

It’s true. Your brain will actually help you out. But you have to provide a direction for your brain, in order for it to do its work.

That means you have to have Goals. What are you aiming for? What do you want to achieve? Personally? Professionally? What skills do you want to master? What experiences do you want to have? What material things do you want? What do you want to do for your community? Your family?

Give your brain Goals, and it will help you in achieving them.

#success #brain #neuroscience #subconscious #goals #development

Too Busy and Too Distracted?

Here’s how to take control.

“We live in a distracting world, and it’s not getting any better. New information crashes toward us at every moment. Technology companies work tirelessly to create products that bring convenience and delight to our days. The incentive structure hasn’t changed: usage creates data, data sells ads, ubiquity creates demand, demand sells devices.”

Use technology to your advance, not your demise. Know why your using it, and why you’re using specific apps on your digital devices. What’s your Goal? Why is it useful? If you know why you do what you do, the choices become easier. Identify the irrational and subconscious triggers, and move beyond them.

Additionally, create barriers to distraction. Remove the distracting apps, log out and change passwords, and get proactive with your time. Rearrange your schedule, and make conscious decisions about what you do when you’ve got a few minutes to spare.

#subsconscious #productivity #success #removedistraction

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