HOW SOFT SKILLS DRIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE Soft skills are qualities and attributes necessary for success in any profession. They include communication skills, decision making & problem-solving skills, self-management, and teamwork. A recent study from Boston College, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan found that training in soft skills boosts productivity and retention 12 percent, and…

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Studies show employees whose supervisors provide positive feedback by acknowledging their strengths and successes were significantly more likely to be engaged at work. Feedback from managers, colleagues and employees is the most readily accessible and productive source of continuous learning in the workplace. However, institutionalization has stigmatized giving feedback and stifled its effectiveness. For example, the…

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Soft skills are not fluffy or namby-pamby but, emerging as vital links to high-performance, growth mindset and future business success. This article explores why businesses can’t afford to ignore the ‘soft-stuff’ anymore. Despite the catchy header and graphic, this is a serious and wide-reaching blog. So, I’m delighted to have joined forces and co-write this blog…

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The Engineering Leadership Institute’s Performance Certification System, Professional Effectiveness Competencies, designed to close the soft, or Success Enabling Skills™ gap in the engineering industry, has been certified by the organization that oversees professional development in Montana – the Montana Society of Engineers. Bozeman, Montana, February 1, 2018: The Engineering Leadership Institute (ELI) has released the initial…

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As technology marches forward automating more and more work tasks, organizations are scrambling to keep their employees engaged. Unfortunately, many of the technical trainings and company initiatives leaders are implementing to boost engagement miss the mark. Gallup’s 2017 study, the State of the Global Workforce, exposes the bleak state of employee engagement. The study reveals only…

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A culture that champions collaborative learning builds strong work relationships – both essential to ultra-high-performing organizations. In this interview, we discuss how the ELI process delivers on the promise – an ultra-high-performing engineering firm. Video: MeBox Mastermind – Insights into Building an Ultra-High Performing Engineering Firm MeBox Mastermind – Insights into Building an Ultra-High Performing Engineering Firm…

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A culture that champions trust and strong work relationships is essential to high-performing organizations. The best ways to build such a success focused culture is through effective communication, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, a survey of over 33,000 employees across 28 countries, one in three employees do not trust their employers.…

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A 2015 study by the Duke and Columbia Business schools interviewed over 1,400 CEOs and CFOs and revealed, overwhelmingly, that corporate culture is essential for a company to thrive. The study contained the following eye-opening results about the importance of a success focused corporate culture. More than 90% said that culture was important at their firms. 92% said…

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As the saying goes, change is the only constant in life. This is especially true as our economy continues to evolve with the daily advent of new technologies. With an economy constantly in flux, engineering firms all want to cultivate sustainable practices and organizational culture driving higher profits, higher utilization, and employee loyalty. However, when…

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In today’s uncertain, rapidly changing technology based economy, effective project management is essential to long-term growth and profitability. However, many organizations have organically grown, scientific project management systems that produce stagnant or declining growth and diminished profits. According to the study conducted by Project Management Institute (PMI), businesses saw a staggering 12% increase in money wasted due…

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