Secrets to Developing Personal Skills for Business Success

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Developing personal skills can play an extremely important role in how successful your business is. The most powerful people in the world are typically the ones who have become the most familiar with building inter-personal skills to enhance the growth of their business.

Not everyone who has become a major player in the business arena has type A personality; however, everyone who rises to the top in their field does know how to set appropriate and feasible goals both for themselves and the associates they lead.

Understanding how to start with a smaller goal in order to reach one of a larger scope is a skill that can be developed to enhance a company. For team leaders is essential to keep things running smoothly on a daily basis.

According to Six Sigma Online having the ability to engage in conversation with others is one of the most important skills that can be enhanced.

Providing information in a manner that is concise and simple for others to understand is not always as easy as it sounds.

In a similar fashion possessing the ability to listen is just as important as being able to communicate efficiently; it allows you and your co-workers to be able to come up with tangible solutions for existing problems.

Being able to work with different personalities is also a great way to be adaptable with a team of associates.

According to Mind Persuasion the most important component to developing healthy communication skills is building rapport because without having a favorable disposition with the person you’re talking to they may not find what you say to be believable.

Engaging a person can be as simple as paying attention to your speech rate, body language and keeping things simple.

Getting to truly know the person you’re engaging with is also a way of drawing them into the conversation; it is far more effective than presenting your ideas to a person and expecting them to care about them.

Keeping things positive and upbeat will make a person want to hear what you’re saying; the goal should be to give up all control and be vulnerable enough to find uniting common interests that will allow for a true connection.

In his New York Time’s bestselling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team author Patrick Lencioni identifies the root problems preventing businesses, organizations and teams from reaching high levels of success and profiles the types of groups that have become high-performing in a field.

According to his extensive research the lack of development of personal skills combined with the avoidance of character building can be attributed to the breakdown of any team.

For example, people who have a fear of conflict, lack of commitment or a fear of vulnerability can hold an entire group back from success.

In contrast he hones in on the personal skills that bring positive results, including having the willingness to utilize other people’s experiences or accomplishments to enhance the greater good, being comfortable in admitting mistakes and taking risks and knowing how to make decisions in a timely manner without second-guessing.

Eric Jackson, contributor to Forbes Magazine recently outlined what habit from Stephen Covey’s 1989 book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was the most effective to his success:

“At the start of every week, write a two-by-two matrix on a blank sheet of paper where one side of the matrix says “urgent” and “not urgent” and the other side of the matrix says “important” and “not important.”

Then, write all the things you want to do that week.” Jackson expressed appreciation for having the ability to look at all the tasks he made at the end of the week to determine how much time he spent on things that would attribute to his success and how many tasks he completed that actually took away from his productivity.

At the same time he believes true success is developing skills to avoid the hamster wheel and find balance because there is a correlation between a prosperous personal life and a flourishing business one.

It may seem like a challenge but enhancing personal skills to bring positive growth to your endeavors can be achieved with practice and time.

The good thing is that once you’ve mastered a skill it will provide you with great results for the rest of your life.

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