Jun '19

The IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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Industry often rues that the crop of graduates passing out of B-Schools do not possess the abilities that it needs most. Recruiters say that the much sought- after skills are in acute short supply among the fresh graduates passing out of business schools. A systematic analysis of the skills that institutions are good at imparting and the skills that they are unable to impart would be of immense help to rejuvenate management education and ensure job-ready graduates. Despite the heightened awareness of generic skills like communication, adaptability, problem solving, leadership, creativity and team work, they are the hardest to find among the new graduates at work. Not many realize that the hard skills acquired in finance or marketing or operations or human resources would fail to secure the right job if they do not possess the much-needed generic skills. Skillsoft.com reported that the evaluation of hiring algorithms by Google shows that seven of the eight topmost skills of a successful good professional are soft skills, which include being a good coach, listening, communication, open to others’ views, empathy, critical thinking and problem solving and creativity. Hence, it is imperative to redesign academic programs to dedicate adequate time and energy and also find effective ways to impart soft skills to the graduates to give them an edge so that they do not hold back themselves or stay at the bottom rung, but steadily climb the ladder of success.

Personal branding, no doubt, today is emerging as the new blueprint for both personal and professional effectiveness. Hence, building a compelling personal brand that stands out and communicating it in an elegant as well as persuasive fashion to the world is critical. The paper, “Building Your Personal Brand: A Tool for Employability” by A John Peter and Savilene Julia Gomez, is an attempt to present the readers with the much-needed knowledge and ways to groom the personal brand.

Self-regulated learning goes beyond the physical walls of the classroom and offers a world-class learning infrastructure that traditional education fails to provide. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and wife, Priscilla funded Byju’s, currently valued at $5.4 bn, has successfully explored the potential of self-regulated learning among students. The paper, “Promoting Self-Regulated Learning Through Metacognitive Strategies”, by S Mekala and Geetha Radhakrishnan, presents insights into how the learners can regulate their cognition and manage their learning process through Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) to achieve the status of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) to function as autonomous learners.

Epictetus’ words, “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master,” are indeed relevant today as the emotions, more than the thoughts and behavior, shape our life and the world. Unfortunately, inappropriate expression of destructive emotions has only created division rather than alignment and spread discord among groups rather than harmony in the world. The Dalai Lama stated, “When we wanted to get to the emotions so we can get to a calm state.” The paper, ““Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing”: What Makes Men and Women Experience and React to Destructive Emotions at Work?” by Rita Rangnekar and Sumeet Manerikar, examines the gender differences in the experience of and reactions to destructive emotions at work.

Measuring and evaluating employee performance is a must for every organization. Meaningful performance measures enhance individual potential and the meaningless ones destroy it. The paper, “Self-Assessment for Image Building”, by Sangeeta Sharma and Sakshi Sharma, presents insights into the importance of comparing oneself to others to fan the flame of potential so that such comparisons become critical for career planning.

Mistakes in communication can be costly. Unlike yesteryears when employees reached out to others in person to make enquiry, employees today connect with others through texts, emails and messages. Thus, communication has become a fiber that connects or breaks business relationships. Every role today demands sharp communication skills. The paper, “What Makes You a Good Writer? Tips from Literary Stalwarts” by Hetal M Doshi, offers an array of insights on how to distinguish good writers from the extraordinary ones.

How employees establish rapport with another is the essential key that takes the business forward and achieves better productivity. Rapport generally creates mutual trust, understanding, and agreement based on similar interests, values and behaviors. The paper, “Breaking the Silence and Building Rapport Quickly” by Revathi Turaga, gives a brief glimpse into various simple techniques one can try and use to break this silence.

- Mendemu Showry
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Building Your Personal Brand: A Tool for Employability
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Promoting Self-Regulated Learning Through Metacognitive Strategies
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“Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing”: What Makes Men and Women Experience and React to Destructive Emotions at Work?
50
Self-Assessment for Image Building
50
What Makes You a Good Writer? Tips from Literary Stalwarts
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Breaking the Silence and Building Rapport Quickly
50
       
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Building Your Personal Brand: A Tool for Employability
A John Peter and Savilene Julia Gomez

The paper focuses on why students should consider personal branding in the context of career, and how they can use it to build the career of their choice and ultimately get fulfilment in work. It explores how students can use personal branding for their personal and professional success, guides students on how they can go about developing their personal brand, the steps involved, and the tools they can use to promote themselves. It also includes the principles to keep in mind and the skills to develop so that they can engage in personal branding effectively and thus explore the world of opportunity open to them.


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Promoting Self-Regulated Learning Through Metacognitive Strategies
S Mekala and Geetha Radhakrishnan

Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) is an approach that helps the learners to regulate their cognition and manage their learning process. SRL is a predominant requisite for the learners to systematize their learning process and to evolve as autonomous learners, enabling them to cope with the present education system and the future workplace. SRL is effectuated through the enhancement of learners’ metacognition. Metacognition enables the learners to be conscious of their own thought process in the process of learning. Besides, it involves the learners to observe and evaluate their own thinking. Accordingly, the metacognitive strategies— planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating—provide awareness to the learners and help in their learning progress. This paper focuses on the efficacy of these strategies to promote SRL, as it would improve the learners’ introspection on their learning process. Further, the paper explores SRL to regulate the learners’ progress and to enhance their reflective practice in the process of learning. Moreover, SRL is effectuated by guiding the learners to monitor and assess their performance in order to achieve their goal. The SRL generates an optimistic change in the learners’ responsibility towards learning and endows them with selfcontrol over their learning process. Eventually, it leads them towards Self- Directed Learning (SDL) and enables them to function as autonomous learners.


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“Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing”: What Makes Men and Women Experience and React to Destructive Emotions at Work?
Rita Rangnekar and Sumeet Manerikar

Destructive emotions and their propensity to distort mental equilibrium have been well-researched in Buddhist philosophy, especially, the works and teachings of the Dalai Lama, who has extensively written about various ways in which strong feelings and emotions create ‘havoc’ in the minds and hearts of people. This study examines the differences in the experience of and reactions to destructive emotions in men and women. The study looks into an association between the experience of destructive emotions and the intensity of the experience, reactions and triggers at work with respect to gender. The study is based on empirical research conducted through a quantitative analysis of data collected from 110 employees or working professionals. The findings show that all factors trigger destructive emotions at work and that different genders react differently to destructive emotions at work. There is a difference in the way men and women are provoked by destructive emotional state and how they react.


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Self-Assessment for Image Building
Sangeeta Sharma and Sakshi Sharma

In today’s ever-changing world where there is cut-throat competition and requirement for enhanced efficiency, it is imperative to assess oneself from time-to-time. It has helped numerous individuals to compete successfully because self-assessment makes one cognizant of one's strengths and weaknesses. It also helps one to form an overall view of one’s personality. This paper discusses how significant it is to compare oneself to others. As an individual, comparison with group members makes one aware of one’s capabilities and potential. It is critical for career planning and job search. Self-assessment should obviously include a discussion on accomplishment, values, awareness, perception and attitude.


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What Makes You a Good Writer? Tips from Literary Stalwarts
Hetal M Doshi

The importance of soft skills in modern times cannot be underestimated. Soft skills are personal skills that can affect two major areas of life: career and relationships. Writing is one such skill that can boost other soft skills like negotiation, teamwork, networking, and problem solving. The writers are usually master strategists. They know and experience the world through their characters and stories. To be an inspirational writer has been a dream for many. Chetan Bhagat, Durjoy Dutta, Chitra Banerjee and Arundhati Roy have been role models for many aspiring authors. While reading a book, many of us must be thinking that we could write a better version. Some keep writing without producing a meaningful word, whereas others have imbibed the craft so well that whatever comes out of their pen (or keyboard) becomes powerful enough to produce sense. Where does the difference lie between these two types of writers? Is writing a natural craft or can it be inculcated by practice? Should writing be clubbed with literary agents like metaphors, similes and metonyms for catering to the need of class or should it be a simple and plain affair for reaching to the multitude? The present paper attempts to answer these questions by studying and analyzing the advice given by literary giants to the budding writers.


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Breaking the Silence and Building Rapport Quickly
Revathi Turaga

When between two unknown people, silence can be the beginning of a relationship. However, when between two known people, silence can also be the end of a relationship. In communication and relationships, though silence sometimes does help in avoiding arguments and conflicts, most of the times, it can create a wedge between two individuals. It is thus a good idea to learn how to break this silence; be it between known people or be it to build a rapport between unknown people. This paper gives a brief glimpse into various simple techniques one can try and use to break this silence.


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