Employees of the future will spend more time on activities that machines are less capable of, such as managing people, applying expertise, and communicating with others. More than ever, soft skills are being recognized as a premium, and developing these skills is where talent development comes in.
TD professionals play a unique role in addressing the increasing demand for soft skills. But here’s the rub: How can they expect to develop future employees in these skills if they’re not developing their own skills in the same areas? The ATD Soft Skills series provides this guidance.
Organized into two parts, each book tackles one soft skill that TD professionals need for developing themselves, others, and their organizations. Part 1 breaks down the skill into what it is, why it’s important, and what challenges it brings. Part 2 turns the lens on your daily work and how to practice, build, and perfect the skill on the job. Featuring worksheets, self-reflection exercises, and best practices, these books will empower you to develop career resiliency by matching your talent development technical expertise with your newfound soft skill abilities.
Jack Harlow is a developmental editor at ATD and the co-editor of Focus on Them: Become the Manager Your People Need You to Be.