Recently, I was thinking about the essential skills that all employees should have, when it dawned on me that the best employees possess excellent engagement skills.
For decades now, CEO’s have stressed that their corporations need highly qualified and skilled workers to improve their bottom line.
No argument there.
I also think we all can agree that Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and Creativity
should be on the shortlist.
However, when companies find those candidates, they understand that much work remains.
They find that employees enter the workforce with a “degree of separation” where they learn their job but must undo some of the things they learned in post-secondary school.
That separation commonly happens because schools, regardless of level, have not invested enough time, energy, and resources into making these critical elements a priority.Tweet
Corporations will never get their employees to reach their fullest potential unless they train them in strong engagement skills.
Looking at the concept of a popular 70’s show, The Six Million Dollar Man, let’s take a moment to remember…. The old computer screen shows the audience “a human being whose original human parts have had to be replaced to one extent or another…”
The old computer screen shows the audience “a human being whose original human parts have had to be replaced to one extent or another…”
Our imagination soars with inspiration during the introduction credits while we watch the footage. Then the announcer comes on during the music and says, “gentlemen, we can rebuild him (her). We have the technology; we have the capability.”
Drawing similar analogies, we must think about how we train employees for the 21st Century with the same concept.
These skills should be an “added value” and engrained into an employee’s DNA.
An open mindset lets the mind focus on the things it can control while having an optimistic approach to complex problems.
It’s not always the most talented that wins, it’s the one who is most determined, and Grit sums it up perfectly here.
Think about entrepreneurs who have fought their way through bankruptcy and failure. It’s because they were determined to succeed.
When we are empathetic and can handle interpersonal relationships judiciously, that becomes a dominant factor in decisions.
Don’t believe me?
When was the last time you saw a high-stakes poker game or watched an acquisition between two companies?
Combining these three essential skills enables almost any worker to transform into highly functioning employees.
Seeing the transformation take shape will yield high results and might also surprise you.
So who’s helping you to inject the DNA you need in your employees?
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