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CONFLICT RESOLUTION

 People skills

According to Merriam-Webster the definition

of "people skills" is the ability to work with or

talk to other people in an effective and friendly way.


Conflict resolution can be defined as the formal or

informal process in which two or more parties

find a peaceful solution to a dispute or disagreement.


Here are five steps to use when you have a conflict

1. Identify and understand what the conflict is.

This is the most important step.


2. Find a safe and private place to talk.

Get a mediator if you think it's necessary.

Actively listen.


3. Identify needs of both parties.

Focus on what is right not who is right.


4. Find possible solutions to the conflict that

both parties can agree on. Brainstorm, work

together to resolve the conflict.


5. Decide on the best solution

(Both parties may need to compromise)

then start to implement it.     

DELEGATING

According to Merriam-Webster

the definition of "people skills" is the ability

to work with or talk to other people in an

effective and friendly way.


This week we will discuss delegating.

Delegating is best described as transferring

authority, responsibility, accountability and/or

tasks from one person to another.

Delegating some work can be beneficial to

those in the workplace.


1. It gives the delegator time to work on higher

level or time restricted tasks.


2. It can improve productivity and efficiency.


3. Others have the ability to learn or

develop new skills.


4. It builds trust and open communication

amongst team members.


Here are some tips on delegating.


First, know when to delegate.

Is this a task that someone else can do?

Is there someone else who has the necessary

information or expertise to complete the task?

Can you complete the task alone in

the allotted time frames.


Second, know who to give the task to.

Does this person have the experience and

knowledge to complete the task effectively?

Consider the current workload of the individual.

Also consider their preferred work style.


Lastly, clearly communicate the desired

outcome, and specifically identify any boundaries.

Make sure the number of responsibilities is

aligned with the amount of authority.


Provide a sufficient amount of support, don't

allow the person to shift the responsibility

back to you. Maintain control and agree on a

schedule to check the project's process.




People Skills

According to Merriam-Webster the 

definition of "people skills" is the ability 

to work with or talk to other people in an 

effective and friendly way.



This week we will discuss assertiveness.

Assertiveness is described as being confident 

or bold without aggression.

Assertiveness is not about being aggressive 

or forceful. It's more about being polite but firm, 

standing up for yourself and saying no 

to unreasonable requests.


Be polite but firm

Be clear. Make eye contact. Ask for what you 

want openly and in a straightforward manner. 

Do not directly or indirectly demean the other person.

 Be respectful.


Stand up for yourself

Believe in yourself in your position. Be confident. 

Stay calm, do not respond out of anger. 

Limit apologies.


Learn to say no

Unreasonable requests from colleagues and 

superiors can cause stress and prevent you from 

performing at your best. Set boundaries.

 If it is hard for you to say no, remember you 

cannot please everyone and that is okay. 

If you feel guilty, offer an alternative as a way 

of relieving that feeling.


Being assertive at work can boost your self-esteem. 

You can earn respect from your colleagues

 and superiors. As well as prevent people from 

bullying or taking advantage of you.

 


PEOPLE SKILLS

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of "people skills"

is the ability to work with or talk to other people in

an effective and friendly way. This week we will discuss teamwork.


Teamwork is composed of many "soft" skills

or abilities that lets you work effectively with

an organized group.


Teamwork skills are crucial to employers, as

teams are a basic organizational unit within

many companies.


At every level in your career and in every

industry, you will eventually have to

work with others.


Teamwork happens when people work

together and use their individual skills to

achieve common goals.


Using this skill can help build great work

relationships, create connections and potentially

open the door to new opportunities.


Here are more abilities or soft skills needed to

effectively work well within a team.


Tolerance

Having the ability to endure or accept

something/someone unpleasant or disliked.


Reliability

Being trustworthy. Being able to

perform well consistently.


Planning skills

Having the ability to think ahead of the curve.

Not letting any unforeseen issues affect

the project negatively.


Decision making

Being able to make decisions that are best

for the whole team or project.


Conflict resolution 

Having the ability to find peaceful

solutions to a dispute.


Persuasion

Having strong communication skills with the

purpose of influencing someone.


Working on all the "teamwork skills" will

improve the moral and productivity at the workplace.

We all need help at times, why not work well with

the people you work with.



People Skills 

This week we will discuss teamwork.

Teamwork skills are composed of many

"soft" skills or abilities that lets you

work effectively with an organized group.


Teamwork skills are crucial to employers,

as teams are a basic organizational unit

within many companies.


You will eventually have to work with

others in every industry and at

every level in your career.


Teamwork happens when people work

together and use their individual skills

to achieve common goals.


Using the skill can help build great work

relationships, create connections and possibly

new opportunities.


Here are a few abilities or soft skills needed

to effectively work well within a team.


1. Communication

The ability to get your point across and

understand what other people want to tell you.


2. Active listening

Focusing intently on one person as they

share their thoughts, feelings or ideas.


3. Empathy

Having the ability to understand and

share the feelings of another.


4. Honesty

Being transparent and developing a trusting

relationship with others.


5. Respectfulness

Showing respect doesn't mean you have to

like someone or agree with them.


6. Reliability

Show your team you can be counted on.

Ex... Stick to deadlines, communicate problems,

and deliver all of your tasks.  


NETWORKING

In pursuit of advancing your career, it's important to 

develop networking skills.

Making connections in the workplace, at community 

engagements, job fairs and even social media 

platforms are key steps to start building relationships.


When taking steps to move forward along your career path,

 look at every situation as an opportunity to 

market yourself.  A chance to put your best foot forward.


You are your greatest salesperson.

Speak to others about who you are, tell them of your 

experiences, share with them your goals. In networking you 

open yourself up to being seen and heard.


One simple method of networking is to create personal or 

professional business cards. This will allow you to 

leave your contact information with everyone you 

meet. You can market your professionalism 

without having a lengthy conversation.  



RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Relationship building is the process of 

developing social connections.


It is the ability to identify and initiate working 

relationships and to develop and maintain them in 

a way that is mutually beneficial to both parties.


Building relationships is a fundamental business 

skill that is the basis for reputation, 

influencing, closing deals and sustaining 

commercial relationships.


No matter the profession, relationships

can help further business goals and

advance careers.


When building a relationship, it will generally 

encompass a mixture of different soft

 skills that can all contribute to the way 

you interact with others.


In general, it is built on solid personal 

strengths, especially good character

which includes honesty, trustworthiness, 

self-discipline and self-control...

just to name a few.


Always remember a good relationship

is the key to getting things done and is essential when 

your success is dependent on others.



​​PERSUASI​O​N

According to Merriam-Webster the

definition of "PEOPLE SKILLS" is the ability to​ work 

with or talk to other people in an effective and friendly way.


* Persuasion can be described as the act of causing someone

to believe something or do something because of reasoning.


* Persuasion can be used to recruit team members,

​​​increase productivity and sell products in the workplace.


* Persuasion involves communication, emotional intelligence, 

active listening, logic and reasoning, interpersonal

skills and negotiation.


Communication

Involves being able to express yourself clearly and effectively.


Emotional intelligence

Is the ability to identify, understand and manage your own 

emotions as well as others.


Active listening

Involves listening while observing verbal and nonverbal cues

and messages and providing appropriate feedback.


Logic and reasoning

Logical thinking is the ability to use reasoning in a way that

allows an individual to come to a practical solution.


Interpersonal skills

Also known as "social skills" is what we use to communicate 

and interact with each other.


Negotiation

Involves a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement

that both parties find acceptable.


Developing these skills can better relationships with

others and help with your persuasion skills.




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