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A Practical Guide to Soft Skills
Communication, Psychology, and Ethics for Your Professional Life

ISBN 9781032071053
Published December 28, 2021 by Routledge
188 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This accessible text looks at the range of soft skills sought after by employers and provides a practical guide to developing and effectively demonstrating these skills.

Soft skills -- including communication, customer service, teamwork, problem solving, and personal management -- represent a major component of any worker's professional identity. This book analyzes major soft skills, including both inward-facing soft skills (how workers manage themselves to effectively perform their work) and outward-facing skills (how workers effectively interact with others and in groups). It explores how these skills are rooted in fundamental areas of liberal arts including interpersonal communication, psychology, and ethics. It provides an active learning pedagogy, including creative exercises and case studies through which students can assess their understanding of underlying concepts and their application in real-world situations.

The book can be used as a supplement for communication, business, and career-oriented courses, and it will be of interest to individual students and junior professionals as well as career counselors, postsecondary instructors across the curriculum, and professionals in human resources and learning and development.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Soft Skills in a Digital Age

Part 1: The Background to Soft Skills

Chapter 2: Ethics

Chapter 3: Psychology

Chapter 4: Interpersonal Communication

Part 2: Outward-facing Soft Skills

Chapter 5: Communication

Chapter 6: Teamwork

Chapter 7: Customer Service Orientation

Part 3: Inward-facing Soft Skills

Chapter 8: Problem Solving Orientation

Chapter 9: Productivity and Work Ethic

Chapter 10: Likability

Chapter 11 Can Soft Skills Be Taught?

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Richard Almonte teaches Communication in the Centre for Business at George Brown College in Toronto.