It’s High Time We Rethink Soft Skills. Here’s Why—and How—to Do It Now

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The time has come to blow the whistle on two words that do well on their own but must never be put side by side: soft skills. When ignored, these two words can derail a career and a life.

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What exactly are soft skills? The term refers to competencies such as communication, time management, problem solving, working with teams, selling, negotiating, and basically learning how to work well with others. A common definition of soft skills is being able “to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” Sounds pretty good so far, right?


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