The Soft Skills

"Teamwork makes the dream work", a phrase many organizations tout regularly. But what does it really mean? What would happen if we took this beyond "all hands on deck" and cross functional partnership based on position in an organization. What if we went deeper and took into account the soft skills of each individual employee? What if we tapped into those talents that may be unique to the individual and that help them to accomplish their job in a way only they can do.

To put a finer point on it, not everyone is great at managing complex situations, handling fire drills with clarity, organizing the hell out of a gantt and building team morale. While it may be difficult to find all of these strengths in one individual, I bet you can identify those soft skills across the collective team. The below quote is one of my favorites and reminds us that we can, and should, lean on others for the attributes lacking in ourselves.

"...The Author of a Gazette (in the Opinion of the Learned) ought to be qualified with and extensive Acquaintance with Languages, a great Easiness and Command of Writing and Relating things cleanly and intelligibly, and in few Words; should be able to speak of War both by Land and Sea; be well acquainted with Geography, with the History of the Time, with the several Interests of Princes and States, the Secrets of Courts, and the Manners and Customs of all Nations. Men thus accomplish'd are very rare in this remote part of the World; and it would be well if the Writer of these Papers could make up among his Friends what is wanting in himself..." - Ben Franklin

The above is Franklin's first appeal for contributions to his Pennsylvania Gazette and beautifully illustrates the need for combined talents, perspectives and efforts.

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