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Hard Skill, Soft Skill: Which One Matters Most?

There was a time when we believed that hard skills determined your success. And for some positions it still does. But hard skills are not the only components impacting your ability to excel within a company or an industry (and they never have been).

Hard Soft Balance

It’s a lesson you usually learn right after you come out of college and take that first job.  Or you loose it after you loose a position because of a few painful personality traits (of course they would never say it like that).

Soft And Steady Saves The Day

How you talk to people, how you handle them, makes it harder or easier for you to meet your goal. Hard skills are technical abilities that you can typically learn at school. But soft skills are quiet little deal makers that also help to determine your fate.  They are primarily personality driven — you know, those things that did NOT learn at the university (at least not in class).

Here are a few questions to help you lock into a few soft skills:

Times Have Changed

According to Daniel Pink, Author of A Whole New Mind,

“Gone are the days when lawyers and doctors and computer programers excel without incorporating design, story, sympathy, empathy and meaning in their work.”

It looks like we’ll have to be more and bring more to the table in order to excel.

As for which matters the most? Develop your hard and soft skills. Because given the choice, the contract goes to the one who is skilled at what they do – and is easier to talk to.

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