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Aren’t the “Soft Skills” the “Hard Skills”?

I wonder why we call the easy stuff—like technical skills, professional mastery and STEM subjects—the “hard skills” and the really difficult stuff—like inspiring other people and leadership—the “soft skills”. This seems upside down to me—the “soft skills” are the really hard ones.

Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking website,  has observed that the biggest skills gap in the US is not coding. At a recent Wired Forum on the future of work, he observed, “As powerful as AI will ultimately become, and is becoming, we’re still a ways away from computers being able to replicate and replace human interaction and human touch. So, there’s a wonderful incentive for people to develop these skills because those jobs (are) going to be more stable for a longer period of time.”

Although this is a statement of the obvious, we still seem to have great difficulty wrapping our heads around the idea that the most important work for all of us as leaders is to learn and master empathy, communication, inspiration, love, listening, compassion, culture-building, and many more, so that we can model these and teach them to others?

Those who have already figured this out have stopped chasing their tails and are building great organizations, communities, families and nations.

Have you committed to investing in “soft skills” just as much as you invest in the “hard skills”? This short quiz might help you to answer that question.

Aren’t the “Soft Skills” the “Hard Skills”?

I wonder why we call the easy stuff—like technical skills, professional mastery and STEM subjects—the “hard skills” and the really difficult stuff—like inspiring other people and leadership—the “soft skills”. This seems upside down to me—the “soft skills” are the...

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The Shortage of Inspiring Places to Work

Business leaders are crying the blues about the so called, “shortage of talent”. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where he teaches MBA students. says that when he began teaching MBA students they all wanted to work for...

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2018 EDGE (Educate Discover Grow Execute) Conference

On October 4th, 2018, MacKay CEO Forums is holding a one-day conference at the Hilton Toronto. The theme is “Embracing Innovation and Technology”. Keynote speakers include Peter Diamandis and Amanda Lange (see the agenda here), and if you want to know about blockchain...

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Ageism

    According to The World Health Organization: Today, there are around 600 million people aged 60 years and over worldwide. This number will double by 2025 and will reach two billion by 2050, with the vast majority of older people in the developing world. I am...

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Never Give Up On Your Dream!

In the early 2000’s I conducted research to find out what characteristics were common among great leaders, both living and deceased. I learned that first and foremost, great leaders have a powerful connection to a higher purpose—the reason they are here on Earth—what...

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Going, Going, Gone!

The Kindle version of my latest book, The Bellwether Effect, is on sale on all Amazon and Indigo websites for US$0.74 (CDN$0.99).  This offer ends Sunday night June 30 after which the price will increase to $12.95 US. So please take advantage of the remaining few...

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New Release: The Bellwether Effect

I am excited to let you know that my latest book (#22!) is now available in all markets. Because I believe this message is so important for the world right now, I am making the Kindle version available of Amazon sites for US$0.99 until the end of June, 2018. I really...

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Is There Any Priority Higher Than Leadership?

In a conversation I had recently with a prospective coaching client, they explained that they were not yet ready to move forward because "of other priorities".  Are there any priorities higher than effective and inspiring leadership? The way I see things, every...

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Replacing Corporate Malaise with Corporate Passion

In my last blog I wrote about the subject of my recently released book—the crisis of disillusionment in, and with, corporate America, the danger this poses to our society, and our well-being, and how we can turn this around. I highly recommend that you watch this...

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Starting a Movement – Share Your Voice!

My forthcoming book, The Bellwether Effect is due May 15th, 2018. It is a heavily researched investigation into why there is so much dysfunction in corporate life for so many people and how to change this and regain our passion for work life. (It contains over 70...

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Not Everything on the Internet is True!

I am in the process of finishing my next book. As all writers appreciate, the Internet is a wonderful resource for research, fact checking and searching for data, stories, quotes and more. But the Internet is notoriously sloppy as an arbiter of facts. For example,...

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