As we all know hard skills are important but it’s the soft skills, our personal capabilities that bring us success in our career – A 2014 Harris poll of more than 2,100 hiring managers revealed that a whopping 77% believe soft skills are
just as important as hard skills when evaluating potential job candidates, and 16% said they were even more important. Examples of soft skills include clarity of thinking and mental agility and interpersonal communication skills like effectively communicate, work in teams, motivate others, inspire and lead.
Hard skills like software development skills are the pre-requisite for being considered for a job, but as businesses increasingly rely on cross-company collaboration, they are placing a heavier emphasis on interpersonal communications. Unfortunately, this is a job skill that many American employees are lacking, according to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Earlier this year the professional networking site LinkedIn analyzed the skills of its members in 100 metropolitan areas and the skills required for the jobs available in those places. They found a shortage of 1.4 million people with communications skills compared with a deficit of 472,000 with software development skills. Soft skills are much more in demand these days by employers than any technical skills.
The approach to train soft skills many programs rely on is emulated behavior and practice. Whether or not you believe in Malcom Gladwells 10,000 hour rule, we all know from experience that it takes many hours of practice to develop skills. Plus the process is rather complex and not only requires time, but focus and keeping track of improvements which in itself is a difficult topic in peoples’ busy lives.
If we take a closer look at the process of skill development, we realize that it not only involves changing our thinking and overall mindset, but we also have to modify associated behaviors and emotions which is not easy. Sometimes the internal barriers turn out to be too strong and we are not successful in developing new skills because our emotional or physiological patterns get in the way.
An effective way to build skills is inducing change at the pattern level. This is where Physical Intelligence comes in. Take the example of communication skills– using specific tools we can access and induce directed change in the sub-conscious patterns to overcome fears, train the ability to deeply connect with others, as well as becoming more confident, poised and in control when communicating one-on-one and in public.
The key difference is that we are not trying to achieve change through engaging our mental level or logic. Most types of trainings are limited to conceptual understanding- like learning concepts, reading books and then try to mentally apply the learning to our behavior. Through accessing our Physical Intelligence we effectively change current patterns to learn and adapt with far less mental effort – whether we want to overcome unwanted patterns or develop new patterns or skill sets. Learning how to access and shape our Physical Intelligence therefore has important benefits. To give you a specific example: before my training I had a hard time making eye contact. As we all know eye contact is hugely important to establish trust, show others you are listening and connect. This is something you can train, but you have to deal with the emotions that overcome you when attempting to look into someone else’s eyes. Today I don’t even think about eye contact, it comes natural and I will lock into the person in front of me with all my senses capturing their essence, message, body language at multiple levels of perception being in the present moment without judgment, just open to receive. That is such completely different way of connecting, listening and communicating that there is really no comparison. And the best part is I don’t have to think about doing it, it happens because it is the way that we are supposed to interact with others – fully engaged, with respect and no preconceived ideas that could prevent us from missing important information.
I now have a rock-solid center that allows me to remain calm and collected in stressful situations and be more resilient. I improved my capability to channel conflict and difficult situations maintaining poise and balance. My clarity of thinking changed dramatically improving my mental control, critical reasoning, and ability to clearly express myself. On an emotional level it is easier to connect with others at a deep level with empathy, which not only improves collaboration and teamwork, but allows me to effectively understand, communicate and persuade the great variety of people I deal with – and that in different languages– from lab technicians to key opinion leaders and decision makers of medical institutions as well as ministry of health officials.
But not only that – my perception, perspective and overall mental agility were greatly enhanced allowing me – amongst many other things – to deal effectively with unexpected and critical situations requiring presence of mind and creative problem solving skills.
These are just some examples of what I was able to achieve. There are a lot more benefits that can be reaped by shaping our Physical Intelligence. Using the pragmatic and results-driven approach of the 7MINDS program students can hone their soft skills developing new ways of thinking and behaviors. The best part is that these skills become natural and therefore effortless to use. Pick up a copy of the book to learn more about PI or contact us for more information on how we can bring the 7MINDS program to your organization.