Happy Thanksgiving from RainmakerThinking!
It’s November – the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving! We are very thankful that my new book BRIDGING THE SOFT SKILLS GAP: HOW TO TEACH THE MISSING BASICS TO TODAY’S YOUNG TALENT is still selling like hot cakes. Thank you so much to those of you who have already ordered it – especially to those of you who have already ordered it in bulk. We give thanks: Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
If you have not already ordered it, please allow me to suggest that you consider ordering the book? Thanks for considering it.
The soft skills gap is not a household term like the technical skill gap, but it should be because its impact is monumental.
Like the technical skill gap, the soft skills gap in the workforce has been developing slowly for decades. But the soft skills gap runs across the entire workforce – among workers with technical skills that are in great demand, every bit as much as workers without technical skills. What is more, the soft skills gap has gotten much worse in recent years.
I’ve asked tens of thousands of managers: “How much do these so-called ‘soft skills’ matter?” The answer is nearly universal: Soft skills matter a lot. The cliché is that people get hired because of their hard skills but people get fired because of their soft skills.
When employees have significant gaps in their soft skills there are significant negative consequences: Potentially good hires are overlooked. Good hires go bad. Bad hires go worse. Misunderstandings abound. People get distracted. Productivity goes down. Mistakes are made. Customer service suffers. Workplace conflicts occur more frequently. Good people leave when they might have otherwise stayed longer.
Those are the everyday costs of the soft skills gap. If you are experiencing these costs as a result of the soft skills gap among today’s young workforce today, then this book might be able to help you. Please do check it out.
From all of us here at RainmakerThinking: Happy Thanksgiving!