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By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Soft skills are attributes that can either make or break an individual from all walks of life. A person's manners and attitude towards people and situations is an extension of their personality. How you present yourself in front of the world matters a lot especially when you are stepping into corporate culture. It is an ongoing debate since the inception of the universe whether hard skills trump soft skills or vice versa. The torchbearers of both sides present fierce arguments to prove a point but a third person's take is extremely neutral on this. Not to avoid any sort of conflict, but to take a very clear stand in this ongoing debate that will never be settled.
Maddie Amrutkar, CEO and Founder of Glad U Came says, "I come from the school of thought that you need to take everyone along with you when you are trying to build an empire. No one person can do it all. One man army concept doesn't work in our sector." For instance, a fisherman has the knowledge of catching the fish using the bait but what good is his catch when he can't sell the product to the vendors? And what will happen to the product if the vendors are unable to see it ahead of shops or restaurants?
From hiring to promoting an employee in the organisation, these soft skills play a vital role in the employer's decision. Taking initiative, being a team player, your approach towards a problem, being solution-oriented and much more, all contribute towards the employer's decision. It will be safe to say that it is only you who can sail or sink your own ship in this ocean of cut-throat competition.
1. Good communication is the most basic soft skill of all. Effective communication with coworkers and clients can help in networking and business development. Being a good presenter along with being a good listener, negotiator and writer to convey things are vital when it comes to communication.
Effective communication with coworkers and clients can help in networking and business development. | Pixabay
2. Possessing leadership qualities along with being a team player can help your standing in the organisation. No one likes to be dominated so although you are in an authoritative position it is important to maintain a cordial relationship with everyone.
Possessing leadership qualities along with being a team player can help your standing in the organisation. | Pixabay
3. Dedication towards getting the work done and knowing how and when to delegate it also plays a huge role in how well and fast you would move upwards in the organisation and in life in general. Give credit where credit is due, take help when you are in need and maintain an open and proper line of communication with one and all.
Give credit where credit is due, take help when you are in need and maintain an open and proper line of communication with one and all. | The Blue Diamond Gallery
4. Having a positive attitude irrespective of the situation can take you miles ahead of your peers. Getting derailed or agitated during adverse situations will cloud your judgement and send you into a downward spiral. Maintaining your cool during turbulent times and keeping a positive mindset will help you tackle the problems in a better way. Also, being respectful towards people's opinions and showing enthusiasm for new things will make you a more likeable person.
Having a positive attitude irrespective of the situation can take you miles ahead of your peers. | Pixabay
5. Lastly, have patience no matter what. In both the workplace and in life, losing your cool will never put you in a good light. People tend to make impulsive decisions when they lose their patience and eventually land them in a puddle. Avoid doing that, and always keep a calm approach towards people and situations. Different things require different approaches but one thing common in all of them is you being a level headed individual.
Have patience no matter what. In both the workplace and in life, losing your cool will never put you in a good light. | Photo by Duane Mendes on Unsplash
On the ending note, Maddie Amrutkar says, "On a personal level, I'm inclined towards soft skills as it is more about a person's character and individuality. These mantras in life have certainly helped me grow as an individual and help me make my agency grow with the dream team I have in place. We strive to attain bigger and better milestones every day whilst keeping a higher moral ground. At my agency, Glad U Came, I hire employees based on their soft skills as compared to the hard skills. A person might have multiple degrees but what good are they when they have zero clue about how to use that knowledge. Also, in our line of work, maintaining strong relationships outside the organisation is as important as the oxygen we breathe."
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: soft skills, success, life, workplace, patience, positivity, dedication, leadership, communication
Pakistani decision makers are holding extensive consultations on whether to attend the virtual summit on democracy convened by US President Joe Biden this week, as certain issues are making it difficult for Islamabad to make the final call, The Express Tribune reported.
The exclusion of China from the summit is believed to be one of the reasons delaying Pakistan's decision, the newspaper report quoted sources familiar with the development as saying. However, the sources added that China did not object to Pakistan's participation in the virtual summit.
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"There are certain issues that the government of Pakistan is currently looking at," said a senior official, explaining the reason behind the delay in announcing the decision.
Biden will hold his virtual summit on Thursday and Friday. He has invited leaders from over 100 countries, including the South Asian nations of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Maldives. The White House did not send invitations to China and Russia but extended one to Taiwan, which drew a strong reaction from Beijing.
It is stated that the White House asked invitees to confirm their participation or otherwise by last weekend. Pakistan was supposed to announce the decision last week but delayed it to give more time for in-house consultations. Till Monday, according to diplomatic sources, Pakistan had not officially responded to the White House.
A virtual meeting in progressUnsplash
The proposals on the table include the level of participation at the democracy summit. Should the prime minister or a minister attend the summit is the question being debated by the decision-makers. This stems from the fact that President Biden has not yet spoken to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Express Tribune report said.
The relationship between Pakistan and the US is strained by differences over the Afghan situation. Some of the statements given by Khan after the Taliban takeover were not liked by the White House.
Another reason that is delaying the final call on the US invitation is reports that the US Treasury will impose sanctions against people undermining democracy. Sanctions will also be imposed on those involved in serious human rights violations and corruption.
But a diplomatic source made it clear that non-participation in the summit does not mean that country would be facing any sanctions, the report said. (IANS/SP)
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As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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