Interpersonal skills are important ingredients to your happiness in the workplace. People who have developed strong interpersonal skills are generally more successful in both their personal and professional lives. They encompass many different important soft skills, including communication, problem-solving, mentoring, leadership, etc. Seth Godin, founder of altMBA, said they should be thought of as “real skills” like any other. In order to improve interpersonal skills at work, Harry Hall offers a few helpful tips at the Project Risk Coach:
- Identify and rank your weaknesses.
- Pick one or two of the skills you wish to work on in a particular project.
- Confirm your progress through before-and-after evaluations.
- Capture your results and implement the new habits across all of your projects.
Make Weak Things Become Strong
Even if you think of yourself as a nerd, a weirdo, or just someone who’s socially awkward, there’s always a room for change. Be brave to confront yourself, and write down a list of your greatest weaknesses. It will be helpful if you write it in a descending order, so you will know which areas are your priorities to work on and improve first. It is true that being able to identify a skill to improve doesn’t mean you can change your behavior immediately. However, you can learn to be better by discussing current habits and desired future habits with people who can be a help and give you good advice, looking for credible resources such as classes and books, and keeping track of your progress. By that, you can grow as time passes.
Especially, when you work in a specific project, identify required skills that you have to adopt or change to adapt to the needs of your team. Evaluate your progress constantly, and turn your adapted skills into your habits and parts of your personality. One way to do this is to keep a project journal for personal reflection. Having good interpersonal skills will help you handle unfortunate events, and increase your emotional intelligence level. You also want to be a likeable person at work, so relational communication is important for that reason.
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