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Passport Series: Attitude

The purpose of OFE’s Passport is to intentionally develop the soft skills – attitude, appearance, timeliness, collaboration, adaptability, stress management and motivation – that can

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Career Progression

Build Your Skills… Always

How many times have you seen the words “continuous learning” or “continuous learner” on a job ad?  Continuous learning is about developing your skills and

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Stress Management

One of the things that can impact your success in the workplace is healthy stress management skills. Why? When you get stressed, your body thinks you’re in danger and proceeds to do whatever it can to protect you. When properly maintained and managed, this is a good thing. It can remind you, for example, to

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Collaboration

At OFE, we define collaboration as the ability and willingness to work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve a mutual goal. There is a lot to unpack in that one sentence, but the most important thing to notice is it goes beyond “working with other people”. When you collaborate with others, you build a

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Appearance

By this time in your journey, you hopefully have a clearer picture of why developing your soft skills is essential for being successful in the workplace. We talked about setting high standards for yourself and achieving goals to show your motivation; reacting constructively to expected and unexpected changes; learning to display a positive attitude and;

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Communication

Next up on the Passport series is communication. If you missed the others you can find them here, here and here. So, how do we define communication? It’s the ability to give or receive information, including clear and logical verbal expression, active listening skills, manners, collaboration and non-verbal communication such as body language. The ability

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Attitude

The purpose of OFE’s Passport is to intentionally develop the soft skills – attitude, appearance, timeliness, collaboration, adaptability, stress management and motivation – that can impact a person’s success in the workplace. A couple of weeks ago we explored adaptability. Attitude is up next. It’s defined as the way people express their feelings about other

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Adaptability

Last week we introduced OFE’s Passport. To recap, our research at OFE showed there are key soft skills – social and emotional skills – that determine whether a person will be successful in the workplace. The purpose of OFE’s Passport is to intentionally develop these skills with our participants. After the last post, you’ve hopefully

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Soft Skills

Passport Series: Motivation

Through our research at OFE, we discovered there are key soft skills – social and emotional skills – that determine whether a person will be successful in the workplace. They are attitude, appearance, timeliness, collaboration, adaptability, stress management and motivation. Following the success we had working with smaller groups of people over a number of

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Career Progression

Build Your Skills… Always

How many times have you seen the words “continuous learning” or “continuous learner” on a job ad?  Continuous learning is about developing your skills and acquiring new knowledge on a consistent basis.  This may mean that you have to spend money, but it would certainly mean that you need to spend time.  Why should we

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Skills Training

Enhance your workplace skills… by making origami?!

When I tell my students they will be practicing origami in class until they essentially master the art, they look at me as though I am from a different planet. Their heads tilt to one side, and some even let out small laughs. They think I am joking when I say a large part of

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Life Skills

First Week on the Job

I had arrived. I checked the time again; I wasn’t too early, but enough to be prepared. I got out of the elevator and took a left turn as I tried to remember where I was going. My heart was racing. I opened the door and saw someone. I hesitated. I tried to appear confident

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Soft Skills

The most important soft skill – adaptability

It’s 9 a.m. on a busy Saturday morning. You are scheduled to run an in-store event with fifty attendees expected. You and your team have been preparing for weeks, and everyone is aware of their roles and targets for the day.Then, you find out two of your team members are sick, bringing your staff down

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