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Training and Motivational Experts

Let’s start with the facts. The mind is a powerful thing and has the ability to reform pathways just by thinking more positively. William James said: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that humans can alter their lives by altering the attitude of mind.” Your attitude exposes your mindset, your beliefs and how you look at and handle situations. There are many who wrongfully assume that successful individuals don’t have problems when the fact of the matter is merely their attitude toward the problem.  

Women in business often underestimate the value their contribution has towards shaping the future of the South African Economy. According to Elise Coetser, National Leader from SACBW, Facebook also revealed new research that women entrepreneurs have the potential to boost the South African economy by R175 billion by 2022. She said that “the study conducted by Development Economics, on behalf of Facebook, also projected that if all women who said that they were likely to start a business – and 26% actually followed through – will create 973 000 new jobs within 5 years, and more than 803 000 new businesses in four years.” 

Facebook founder and owner, Mark Zuckerberg, proved that technical skills supported by the right leadership and soft skills is the recipe to success. At the age of 23, he became the world's youngest self-made billionaire. Being a very influential person, he modernised the way in which we communicate. There is a lot one can learn from him:

From an early age, we learn to use a recipe or a step by step guide. Mom prompted us mornings before school with a checklist so that we don’t forget something. "Everything in life is a checklist, whether it's building a birdhouse or building a kitchen. If you don't have a checklist, you're much more likely to forget something," said Brian Tracy. 

Checklists are very necessary. They are used daily and in doing any project or managing any team’s tasks. Steven Levitt verifies this and said, “No matter how expert you may be, well-designed checklists can improve outcomes.”

Every New Year births new talent to the job market. Even students who take on part-time jobs as they start studying need certain job skills to get and keep their jobs. Companies who invest in the skills development of new recruits not only develop new and fresh talent, but also build loyalty towards the company. Developing the skills of your newly appointed staff member will improve their performance and productivity. It will build their confidence and in turn enhance the company’s reputation as a reputable preferred employer. 

Entering the job market or applying for a new job is nerve-wracking. There are a few vital soft skills that Human Resource Managers look for in the ideal candidate. Whether you have the qualifications and experience is one thing, but most interviewers look for these 5 skills to determine whether you will be the right fit within their team.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the way we live, work and associate with one another. It forms part of our human development, supported and empowered by exceptional technology advances. In the words of Robert J. Shiller, 2013 Nobel laureate in economics, Professor of Economics at Yale University: “You cannot wait until a house burns down to buy fire insurance on it. We cannot wait until there are massive dislocations in our society to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” This is why you have to learn as much as you can about 4IR and prepare yourself and your business. But what is this 4th Industrial Revolution and how does leadership in business fit into it all? Here are some questions answered:

Leaders might have strong technical knowledge and they can learn the fundamentals of leadership skills, but if they don’t believe in themselves they will find it very difficult to lead others. A leader who exhibits confidence is easier to follow because they are easily trusted. If a leader has self-confidence they can make tough decisions and solve problems efficiently and effectively. These leaders take the risks necessary to achieve their goals, both personally and professionally. 

Confidence is terrifying. Don’t be fooled. A lot of leaders might seem like they have it all figured out. They might have an ‘I’ve got this’ attitude but are most likely afraid on the inside. No one is ‘fine’ all the time and confidence will help you tackle challenges head on.

All leaders aren’t necessarily born with natural self-confidence. This is also something that should be built on constantly and boosted regularly. How can you as a leader build your confidence? 

Yes, the business world is obsessed with Artificial Intelligence, aka AI or commonly referred to as coding. Most business experts believe that coding is the must-have skill future jobseekers will look for.  It’s predicted that this skill is no longer just for tech employees at Google, Technology or IT companies, but that most programming vacancies are opening up in industries outside of technology like magazines, hospitals, retail, finance, as well as manufacturing, etc… 

The Mindspa Institute believes that soft skills will always form a huge and vital part of the skillset required to function optimally in the working world. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner agrees. He says hard skills like coding aren't as important as they seem and even went so far as to say they might become obsolete. In an article written and published on businessinsider.com in June this year, he said that, “soft skills such as oral communication, team building, and leadership skills are more vital in the long-term.”

Technical skills to a degree are easier to learn and seen as more tangible. The reality is that good talent is hard to get because of a lack of soft skills, but recruiters can pick and choose from a list of equally hard skilled qualified candidates. So what do they do? Recruiters look at the package deal. More than ever they evaluate the applicant’s soft skills like emotional intelligence, teamwork, critical thinking, effective communication, problem-solving, leadership, decision-making, time management, flexibility and obviously an eagerness to learn. 

An apology is a sign of respect and empathy. Do you underestimate the power of an apology in the workplace? Apology can be defined as “a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure” according to the dictionary, but not everyone deems an apology worthy especially in the workplace. Apologizing at the office can be difficult at times and might feel awkward because you are faced with personal emotions but still find yourself in a professional environment. Forgiveness is usually the result of an apology, vital to working well within the team.

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