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Hard Skills make you eligible.

Soft skills make you desirable.

Vadim Kotelnikov

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Navigate your environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve your goals.

Definition of Soft Skills

Soft skills are a cluster of productive capabilities that characterize one's relationships in a social environment.

It is an umbrella term for skills under three key functional elements: achievement know-how, people skills, and social skills.


Soft skills are a synergistic combination of common sense, creativity, decision making skills, problem solving skills, empowering attitudes, the ability to make a desired first impression and to be charismatic, people skills, social skills, communication skills, the ability to build rapport, the ability to lead, teamwork, social intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, and empathy among others, that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform efficiently, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.








Importance of Soft Skills

As business is people, soft skills are more important than hard skills because they are the foundation of thinking, cooperation, management, innovation, marketing, etc.

The influence of soft skills on the outcome of business activities depends on the circumstances in which the business activity takes place. For instance, innopreneurial soft skills help innovative entrepreneurs build successful startups.

Development of Soft Skills

The development of soft skills is much more difficult than the development of hard skills. While hard skills can be learned studying from a book or from trainings, development of soft skills needs a combination of environment and other people to be mastered. It requires addressing multi-dimensional challenges, actively interacting with others on an ongoing basis and being willing to learn from all sorts of feedback both verbal and situational.

Social Skills

A social skill is any competence facilitating understanding of, interaction and communication with others where social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways... More

Interpersonal Intelligence


First Impressionism

First Impressionism is a new vital art & science introduced by and taught at the Innompic University.

Knowing how to make a great first impression is a key to lasting positive social interactions. First Impression contests pioneered by Innompic Games (see best examples and videos) help people − adults (examples: female; male), kids (example), teams (example) − master this highly important social skill.


In the digital economy where the large majority of the work can be done by computers, artificial intelligence systems and smart machines, the primary role of human beings is to use their imagination and creativity to invent new things and to solve problems in outside-the-box ways.


Intuitive anticipation and decision making are highly important soft skills. There are two levels of intuition − subconscious and divine. Subconscious intuition can be developed through practice of engaging your fast-thinking subconscious mind and turning it into a habit.


Soft skills form the basis of successful leadership and are, therefore, highly important for those in leading positions. Leaders are to inspire, to provide a strategic direction, to align, motivate and energize people in order to achieve desired goals. Leadership is a process of influence through a series of interactions between a leader and their followers. In order to be effective in these roles, the leader has to possess relevant soft skills.


Effective communication inside the company is the foundation of successful business activities. Communication allows employees at all levels to coordinate their actions to achieve a common objective.

Decision Making

Although strategic plans are developed by a top management team, due to the scope and complexity of business operations, top managers have to rely on their staff to assist them in the decision-making process. Staff members can broaden the understanding of current business activities by developing situational awareness and assisting top managers in building their situational understanding by providing relevant information and recommendations regarding business activities.

Cross-Cultural Competency

A globally connected world is a key driver of structural change for the global workforce.

The diversity of stakeholders is an important point to consider. Employee, customers, partners, competitors are all made up of people of different ethnical backgrounds, who have different views, perceptions, beliefs, and values.

Innovation became a systemic phenomenon. It is achieved through synergizing diversities and is increasingly more dependent on the collaboration between actors from different cultural backgrounds who combine their own perceptions, thinking habits and expertise to create something new. This happens on all levels − individual, team, institutional. Diversity of thought increases creativity and, with it, the innovation potential of individuals, teams, corporations and joint ventures.

Business activities that take place abroad emphasize the importance of cultural intelligence and effective cross-cultural communication between the business and local people. Unless company representatives have good understanding of the local traditions and values, they might behave in such a way that is considered offensive or inappropriate in another culture and facilitate conflict, putting the whole local business at risk. In order to effectively perform business activities in a different cultural setting, company representatives must possess such soft skills, as sociocultural competence and empathy.


Groundbreaking Soft Skills empower you to create remarkable positive change in yourself, your organization and its business.




Building Leadership Skills For Your Business

Skills 4.0: Focus on Soft Skills

In today’s rapidly changing dynamic markets, companies need an adaptable and flexible workforce in order to be ready to address potential skills gaps and talent shortages. It is mostly soft skills that are required to rise to the challenges brought on by the megatrends and rapid change in technology, business models, organizational designs, and customer needs.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) makes formal degrees (hard skills) comparatively less important, with personal skills (soft skills) becoming more critical. People need new Skills 4.0 not only to cope with rapid, relentless, unpredictable, an often transformational change, but to thrive in it and to create change themselves.

The new job marketplace calls to focus on capabilities instead of qualifications. Instead of looking for hard-skill professionals, companies look now more often for employees who are open to change. Creative Dissatisfaction, Creativity, critical thinking and Problem Solving Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book emerged as the top skills required by industry. At the top management level, the three top soft skills for businesses are complex problem-solving, coordinating with others, and managing people.

Employees need to be trained for skills, especially soft skills, not tasks. Machines take care of quality control, while employees need to shift their focus on the things machines so far cannot do, such as Innovation Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, Your Interpersonal Skills Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, and emotional intelligence. Employees have to be open to change, possess greater flexibility to adapt to new roles, and build cross-functional expertise through continuous interdisciplinary learning.











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