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Stand Out: 5 Key Skills to Advance Your Career

by Debra Stevens

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DEBRA STEVENS

In this era of automation, becoming a stand-out human is needed

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Had you seen how many automation are running around us? Robots, machine, etc are everywhere, and had you wonder how to keep stand-out in this era of automation? Debra Stevens wrote this book to answer it. She shared her views on skills that much needed in developing our self to become a better version of us. They are engaging with people, listening, empathizing, collaborating, and inspiring. She shared practical five-week program to start developing these capabilities. These practical-5-days is very easy to follow and will bring you some better traits to stay stand-out in this era.

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Practical 5 days – Engaging with People

Day 1: Pick two persons that you like to build a connection better; first will be the one that you already have a close relationship and the second is a distant one. Reach, listen and talk with them 10 minutes with each of them.

Day 2: Find some resource to learn about extrovert-introvert, find what you are and how to deal with them. Reach 2 persons with different type, engage, and listen to them to see the differences. Some good place to start reading is: What is an Ambivert? Are You an Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert? (scienceofpeople.com).

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Practical 5 Days - Listening

Day 1: Find someone you consider as a good listener, find what they do different with others. Start doing 3 minutes of silence to observe and hear your surroundings.

Day 2: Learn a bit about personality and how it effect to listening. A good place to start reading is Personality Traits of an Exceptional Listener | Toward Humanity (solari.net.

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Practical 5 Days - Empathy

Research shows empathy also has bottom-line benefits, including boosts to productivity, customer loyalty and recommendations.

Day 1: Reflect on your current understanding of empathy and begin a daily practice of stopping occasionally to become aware of what you’re feeling.

Day 2: Had you ever heard MBTI test? Find out whether you are towards F-feeling or T-thinking. Check it on Thinker (T) or Feeler (F)? Key Differences (personalityjunkie.com).

Day 3: Reflect on the ways empathy differs from sympathy.

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Practical 5 Days - Collaboration

In five days, you can increase your ability to manage conflict, your skill in giving helpful feedback and other essential components of collaboration.

Day 1: Check your teams, what values/qualities they bring to your team. Then get someone to give you feedback about yours.

Day 2: Find your team collaboration style, is it towards an organized one or a flexible adaptive one. Schedule routine gathering (virtually also works) to build your relationship.

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Day 3: Learn on managing conflict. Reflect what conflict had occurred in the past and how you and team deals with it. Find something that you can improve. Find some facts here: 5 Conflict Management Styles every Manager Must Know [Guide] (valamis.com)

Day 4: Boost your skills in giving feedback by learning to “feed forward”: Focus on the future rather than the past. A long read but worth it: Try Feedforward Instead of Feedback.

Day 5: Add to your collaboration skills by watching Simon Sinek’s TED Talk on purpose and learning about Edward de Bono’s “thinking hats” approach to running meetings.

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Practical 5 Days - influencing

Honing your ability to inspire people will also enhance your personal life, as you’ll become better able to encourage and motivate your friends and family.

Day 1: Reflect on your self-limiting beliefs about your capacity to inspire, and reframe them in a positive way.

Day 2: Learn about the various personality types and the influencing strategies they tend to respond to. Draw a network diagram of the people who matter in your professional life, and choose two people from it to focus on. For each, select a key action in developing the relationship, and start working toward it.

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CAROL DWECK

Everyone can change and grow through application and experience

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Build a Growth Mind Set

For people who hold a fixed mind-set, making a mistake or receiving constructive feedback can seem like a nightmare, because these individuals feel helpless to improve. For someone with a growth mind-set, making a mistake or receiving feedback might still feel uncomfortable, but it’s not the end of the world. These individuals regard mistakes and constructive criticism as opportunities to develop and grow

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Just do the Action

Don’t wait until your company run a training, workshop or sessions. Practical 5 days is very simple to do by yourself. The exercises will require you to take steps outside your comfort zone, and in the process, you’ll see that you really can change your thoughts and build your skills. Keeping a journal of your development will help reinforce your growth mind-set and give you momentum for action.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Ever wonder how to keep stand out as human in this era of automation and robot? This book shared some practical guides on how to be a better person as human, and keep your career advancing. Follow its 5 days practices guide to unlock your potentials.