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Within your workplace, you bring 3 components to the table: your skillset, your toolset, and your mindset.

Skillset: your competencies and capabilities, based on knowledge and experience

Toolset: the methods and tools you possess to get things done

Mindset: how you see the world and how you think about it

Since the arrival of Covid, and all that entailed, leaders and managers are realising that there has been a shift in the way people think, and subsequently in their approach toward work.

While there hasn’t been any loss of skills, and allowances have been made to ensure that the right tools are still available to us, there’s now a major shift toward ensuring we have the optimal mindset to succeed and excel in our respective pursuits.

What were commonly referred to as ‘soft skills’ (e.g., enthusiasm, persistence, resilience, empathy, etc.) are now being referred to as ‘power skills’ – and your mindset is at the core of these.

Organisations are now focusing on the need to further develop and strengthen the competencies which will allow them to weather any future storms, while navigating a new business landscape. Companies, large and small, are now placing more importance on problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and managing remote teams.

Yes, your ‘hard’ (technical) skills, will always be necessary to help you complete the task-at-hand, and it’s your ‘tools’ which will allow you to execute. However, your enthusiasm for what you do, your ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively, your ability to focus on what is within your control, and your willingness to persist – despite periods of adversity – is what now set’s you apart in this brave new world!

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