Most people have heard of soft skills and perhaps can list one or two. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, both university professors with extensive business backgrounds, have uncovered a list of 55 soft skills that employees and organizations are increasingly unleashing to spur innovation and growth.
By blending soft skills with people's technical skills, those aptitudes, competencies and expertise most education focuses on, employees and organizations can overcome challenges in today's complex workplace. As organizations, and the leaders and employees that work for them, seek a new edge to achieve greater productivity and innovation, focusing greater attention on soft skills could be the difference maker.
Tobin and Bob have drawn from a review of hundreds of academic articles and their experiences in various industries, including manufacturing, energy, publishing and start-ups to identify the 55 important soft skills.
While Tobin will not have time to go into all 55 you will gain a better understanding of some of the MOST important soft skills that will help you advance your career – RAPIDLY.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to gain that next raise and promotion.
Presenter: Tobin Porterfield
As the college’s director of graduate programs and the director of supply chain outreach, I get to bring students and our business partners together to see great things happen.
Whether that is through an industry site-visit, a case competition, or a career development event – I see our industry participants get excited about the students we are preparing and I get to see my students connect their education and their future career.
My classes integrate hands-on experience and industry guest speakers. Outside the classroom, I encourage my students to engage with industry through site-visits, professional groups, research projects and case competitions.
My research keeps me engaged with business technology and analytics in practice as well as the more applied world of logistics and supply chain management.