Combining Effectiveness with Scale in Interpersonal Skills Training

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As I’ve discussed earlier, much of soft skills training is wasted. Although soft skills, are widely regarded as key to professional success, only one out of every 10 managers feels proficient at these skills, according to Development Dimensions International’s survey of 2,001 mid-level leaders worldwide.

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Why you can’t learn communication skills from videos, books and online courses

Communication skills are critical for success in the workplace. So it is only natural that a whole industry has emerged to fill this need – as evidenced by the thousands of videos, books, podcasts, and online courses out there. These cover a wide range of topics, from management to leadership to sales training.

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How Learning Science Can Help Transform Interpersonal Skills Training

Recently I described why so much of management training is wasted: how despite the broad recognition of the importance of interpersonal skills and the tens of billions of dollars spent every year to build these skills, only one out of every 10 managers feels proficient at these skills.

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Sales Training & Leadership Training – Ripe for Disruption?

We at SkillStore have been convinced for a few years that sales training and leadership training is ripe for disruptive innovation – so much so that we left our roles as the leaders of Mount Saint Mary’s University Online (an innovative non-profit online college funded by Bill Gates and Reed Hastings, among others) last year to start SkillStore, to help companies build interpersonal skills for professional success. So it felt good to watch Mary Meeker’s 20th annual Internet Trends report at the Code conference, which validated several of our core beliefs. As you probably know, Mary is a longtime Internet analyst and current partner at prominent VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (who was, among other accolades, named “one of the ten smartest people in tech” by Fortune magazine in 2010). Her annual report on the state of the Internet – all 196 slides of it – covers a very wide range of topics and is often regarded as the definitive report on the “state of the Internet and mobile computing”.

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