In this update, I wanted to bring the Soft Skills for Business training stream within the iHub program into focus.  In addition to the Digital Skills and Leadership and Identity streams training, we also provide two phases or 24 weeks of training in Soft Skills. This stream focuses on equipping our participants with the broad set of skills, attitudes, behaviors and personal qualities that enable them to effectively navigate new employment environments, work with others, perform well under pressure and achieve the goals their employers set out for them.  This includes building skills in:

  • Professional Communication,
  • Writing, Research & Referencing,
  • Rational Process Theory ,
  • Time Management,
  • Stress Management & Productivity,
  • Project Management,
  • Personal Change Management & Adapting,
  • Conflict Management,
  • Personal Branding,
  • Collaboration & Coordinating with others,
  • Effective Troubleshooting, and
  • Ethical Leadership.

When we combine these streams of training with a personally-assigned coach-mentor to support them and reinforce these concepts delivered in the classroom with their practical experience, the students are able to develop and mature into well-rounded leaders who are self-managed and ready to navigate the complexities that come with a career the digital marketplace.

In week six of Phase 2, students were learning about the three phases of Project Management – depicted in the photo above.   I had the privilege to be the facilitator for this topic as well as teaching about Rational Process Theory back a few weeks ago where we were able to convey the fundamentals of Situation Appraisal, Problem Solving and Decision Making.

If you click on the video below you will be able to take in a few brief moments from the Zoom training session as I share some of my personal perspectives on the value of good decision making in business, and I review the key concepts and process of Situation Appraisal.  Enjoy!