Changescope launches free video guides to improving organisational performance through soft skills

… Bite-size video clips address hard line business issues …

Changescope, the bespoke coaching, mentoring and training company, has released a three-part video guide to help organisations boost essential people skills. Soft skills translate into hard profits and organisations that prioritise their people skills will be able to create a more flexible and high performing workforce.

According to Changescope, it is human nature for organisations to concentrate on what needs to be done and less on how they are going to take the workforce with them on the journey. Change management and managing complex projects continues to be a challenge for all business leaders irrespective of industry sector.

The video clips are available to watch for free on the Changescope website. Eddie Kilkelly, Managing Director at Changescope, presents:

  • Building a High Performing Team outlines the characteristics of high performing teams and explains how to create them.
  • Soft Skills Matter describes how people skills training can improve soft skills competences.
  • Emotional Intelligence shows how Emotional intelligence is not just a fluffy “nice to have” but can contribute measurable benefit to the bottom line.

A survey[1] conducted earlier in the year revealed a wide range of concerns for organisations. These challenges include: managing complex change with limited resources (56 percent); working with larger teams in multiple locations or teams in different countries (42 percent); skills shortages (35 percent); increasing complexity of projects (35 percent); measuring success (30 percent); and managing outsourcing/offshoring (20 percent).

Eddie Kilkelly says, “Many of the issues that are cited as the biggest challenges for organisations are intrinsically linked to people issues. Today’s employees require professional and technical skills to undertake their allocated project role, whether that is developer, project manager, sponsor, or user representative. People-facing skills can differ from the individual’s day job and HR can play a critical role in assessing competences to identify skills gaps within the project team.”

Kilkelly adds, “The accelerated pace of change of projects also means it is particularly important to ensure the right people skills are available when needed. Most team leaders will not choose their own teams so inevitably there is a degree of compromise. What matters is how these individuals are shaped into a high-performance team. Our bite-size videos clips offer key points to consider in getting the best out of your workforce.”

[1] Survey, ‘Understanding why projects and programmes may fail’, was conducted by independent technology market research specialists Vanson Bourne in February 2014. Senior IT managers and directors were surveyed from organisations with a workforce numbering 1001 – 3,000 and 3,000+ in the UK. The audit was across a number of vertical sectors which included financial services, manufacturing, retail, distribution & transport, business & professional services. 

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