The Forgotten Secret Skills You Need For A Killer Career


You may have Excel mastered… or maybe you can even do back-end web development like a pro. Good for you! Those are awesome skills to have. It’s common for employers and employees to focus on tactical skills—skills that can be taught and learned. But what about the other skills? The ones that can’t be taught easily… the ones that need to be practiced… the ones we have to be mindful of daily?

I’m sure around the office you’ll hear coworkers say:

“I really wish I knew how to code. I need to take a class.”

“I need to get better at Excel.”

“Photoshop shop is difficult for me. I need help.”

These comments are typical. We all want to develop new skills… we need to! Good thing is we can take classes, go to workshops, or even Google how to learn new skills on a quiet afternoon.

But I bet you never hear:

“His email really ticked me off. I don’t know how to respond.”

“I have to work on a project with Brad, and I’m not sure how to talk to him. I have a feeling he doesn’t like me.”

“I just wrote a new article for a client. I should ask my boss for his feedback.”

These problems require a good set of soft skills to solve. Sad thing is that many people neglect these skills.

So what are soft skills?

These are personality traits, specifically interpersonal skills, which directly influence the way you interact with people and impact relationships. You may not be the most empathetic person, but luckily these skills can be identified, and with practice, strengthened.

Think of the person you work with who everyone just adores. She knows almost everyone’s name, what department they work in, how many pets they have, and she speaks to everyone. Or, how about that friend everyone goes to for advice? People feel so comfortable talking with her and want to know what she has to say. It’s all about the soft skills.

Soft skills include: compassion, empathy, adaptability, networking, effective communication, perceptiveness, resilience, accepting criticism, growth mindset, self-awareness, collaboration, etc.

If you lack soft skills, that’s okay. Practice the above traits and be mindful of others everyday. Like anything else in life, consistency is key. Harnessing these skills will result in an easier workday, positive communication, reduced stress, and overall happiness.



Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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