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Soft Skills - A Management Introspect of an Indian Techie
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Miss. Vijayalakshmi N.S.
soft skills, hard skills, competition, business
Soft skills are fast becoming the deal breaker in many of today's hiring decisions. The skills not normally found on curriculum vitae are of growing importance in a world where business is marked by 'hot' buzzwords such as globalization; decentralisation; and lean management dethroning the old autocratic style of bullying management tactics which are unfortunately far more prevalent than is desirable. Further in an age when relationships between individuals and organizations are getting more and more complex, it is not enough to only have an excellent IQ. Being good at number crunching and scoring high marks in subjects are not the only criteria for success in professional or personal life. The ability to deal with one's feelings and understand the feelings of others in any given situation helps one to complement academic intelligence/cognitive capacities (IQ) with a humane understanding of issues. This ability is known as Emotional Intelligence or EI. Soft skills or Emotional Intelligence Skills strengthen and empowers an aspirant to understand "who they are" and how best they can come across as competent individuals in any given situation. Thus though it's an undaunted fact that technical and job-related skills are a must, they are not sufficient when it comes to progressing up the ladder. Technical skills alone do not suffice a person to be globally competitive. The wide rivers of culture, language and environment can only be crossed by being proficient with soft skills that improve self-awareness enhancing socio-emotional adjustment in the society.
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