THA 133: Why Soft or Life Skills Training Matters for Business Success
The panel says that soft skills training helps build a stronger, flexible and harmonious organization. Leadership training is not just for the leader today. Everyone can benefit from being a better listener, which is the #1 soft skills or life skills training we all need to have.
In support of your work to build an enduring business culture one of the best tactics you can implement is soft skills or life skills training. Consider the message in this episode as an important component to building your enduring business culture.
Judi Haglin and husband Dana own Haglin Automotive Inc., a full-service auto repair shop in Boulder, CO, and they’ve been leaders in the Boulder auto repair industry since 1981.
Judi and Dana have a super working relationship and they pay attention to details, share a core value; ‘Everyone Speaks’ that is part of their strong business culture.
They received Motor Age’s Top Shop honor in 2015. Key to their success is they know their roles and together make a strong business owner. They say, “Fixing cars is secondary, we are primarily solving our customer’s problems”. Look for Judi’s previous episodes HERE.
Kyle Holt is the President of S/P2 (sp2.org). S/P2 serves businesses and career tech schools in the automotive service, collision repair, heavy-duty/diesel, welding, construction, cosmetology, and culinary industries. S/P2 is used by over 175,000 students and employees every year across North America.
S/P2 provides industry-specific, online training in safety, environmental, ethics, human resources, and soft skills. S/P2 also works to help entry-level technicians enter and stay in the industry with S/P2 Careers – the largest resume database of entry-level technicians – and S/P2 Workplace Mentoring – a systematized mentoring system to train and track the progress of entry-level techs.
An entrepreneur with a strong background in e-learning and web-based systems, Kyle is passionate about providing businesses and career technical schools the ability to utilize technology to improve the lives of students and employees everywhere. Listen to Kyle’s previous episodes HERE.
Jeff Peevy, President of the Automotive Management Institute (AMI), a 34-year industry veteran who has spent the past 20 years involved with education and research.
Jeff discusses and drives home an important strategy on ‘Building A Learning Culture’ in your business. This episode can be distilled down to four words: Let’s Go Learn Something! Listen to Jeff’s previous episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points
Over 80% of employees still employed over five years when listening, communication and interpersonal skills are possessed by team members. They were rated above average or excellent in these soft skills.
Soft skills training also helps at home and in personal relationships and with retention
The boss may lack these skills which make him/her difficult to communicate with
83% believe that soft skills training will help their business
We hire for skills and not for attitude and soft skills
SP/2 attacks this issue from a CTE perspective (Career Tech Education) programs
Soft skills will most likely win the interview than tech knowledge
Are your people coach-able? Then can learn soft sills
Not hard to teach computer skills
Judi has a game night once a month. It is a safe place where anything can be discussed
Soft Skills starts with the owners and leadership and should include shop managers, service advisors and technicians of all levels
A good mentor should have great soft skills
Jeff Peevy says listening is the single most important life skill to learn
Talking and listening is not communicating
Soft skills training is easier than technical training
Keep in mind soft skills don’t appear in high school or college curriculum’s
We are no longer fixing cars but satisfying customer needs
Your ‘great place to work’ is steeped in a great culture driven by soft skills training
Soft skills can be viewed as Life Skills or Survival Skills at both home or work
Soft skills training is not generational in need. It is universal
Judi says the millennial generation is demanding soft skill training
Jeff Peevy, in a survey without exception, is a leader had to some workers go, they would keep the millennial
They have grown up with the rate of change and technology
In our industry, we usually look through technical lenses, but we need to learn how to look through the ‘life skills’ lens.
Great story, from Judi, about an applicant who arrives without a pen. Give them one, a red pen. So when you review the application in the future the red ink signifies they came unprepared to complete an application
Instructors in CTE have challenges to help their students not only find their first employer but the right employer.
You learn professionalism and if is developed with soft (life) skills training
A special thanks to Judy Haglin, Kyle Holt, and Jeff Peevy for their contribution to the aftermarket.
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