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Yes, Your Interpersonal Skills Trump Your Technical Abilities

Yes, Your Interpersonal Skills Trump Your Technical Abilities

Do you know the number one skill employers tell me they look for in potential information technology (IT) hires when I visit my students completing IT work internships? You might say “Excellent technical abilities.” While you are partially right, technical abilities are not the most sought-after skill because technical skills are a given and can be learned as the technology field constantly changes, and keeping up with new developments remains critical. So, what is the sought-after gemstone? Interpersonal skills or…

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How to State Your Truth–Clearly, Fairly and Kindly

How to State Your Truth–Clearly, Fairly and Kindly

It’s never easy to tell someone how their behaviour affects you, especially when this involves giving constructive feedback about negative behaviour. The key word is “constructive.” Your goal is to always create an exchange that benefits you while also being constructive for the other person, despite how their negative actions may have pushed your buttons or triggered your own defensive response. Keep these in mind when you approach a truthful conversation: Don’t kitchen-sink it—stay away from drawing in other complaints…

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