Software development requires professionals with knowledge and experience in many different methodologies, tools and techniques. However, the so-called soft-skills, such as interpersonal communication, teamwork, problem solving and customer orientation (to name a few) are just as, or maybe even more important than traditional qualifications and technical skills.
Psychologists everywhere agree that not every person is fit for every task, as people have different personality traits, intrinsic motivations and abilities. Often, personality traits are expressed in people’s soft-skills. As a matter of fact, a person’s set of soft-skills influences the way they perceive, plan and execute any assigned task.
For this purpose, earlier this year we approached Exellior, a dutch-based professional training organization well acquainted with the needs and expectancies of top performers in the IT sector.
With the help of Exellior, we organized a similar workshop for our teamleads back in September last year. For the rest of the team members the workshops began last week. After the first training day impressions all around are very positive, with everyone being enthusiastic about the insights and direction received from trainer Rob Mali.
The teams worked and got valuable feedback on their presentation, public speaking, listening and idea communication skills (among others). Apparently sometimes all we need is a little push in the right direction, even if it’s a simple affirmation that we’re on the right track, to get the ball rolling on personal change and development.
Wayne Dyer put it best: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” The outcome from Soft-Skill Training day one was everyone feeling inspired and confident to achieve the individual goals they acclaimed for themselves.
To be continued…