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Soft Skills are the New Necessity

Updated: Aug 19, 2019




Last year saw the 9th year of our collaboration with IESE Business School on the Executive MBA communications skills course. Over 120 executives gathered in Barcelona for the week long, in house module aimed at enhancing the power of communication and leadership. Led by Professor Conor Neill (Lecturer at IESE)

There is still a lot of work to be done in helping companies see the true benefits of staff training and incentives

There were plenty of positive signals that the leaders of tomorrow are ditching the old school draconian style of management in favour of a more holistic approach to leadership. – by the way, holistic doesn’t mean people in white gowns and open-toed sandals eating quinoa and kale burgers – it reflects the approach that for teams to give their best at work, they must feel valued by their colleagues and managers.

...your team shouldn’t be larger than what 2 pizzas can feed.

There is still a lot of work to be done in helping companies see the true benefits of staff training and incentives. The first part of this job has to be done by the company and its officers and it involves getting to know the teams as individual personalities not a collective amorphous mass. The larger the team, the bigger the challenge. I love the Jeff Besos 2 pizza team rule, your team shouldn’t be larger than what 2 pizzas can feed.



When we get a request from a company asking for a team training program that needs to be “something fun and active”, it is a sure sign that we now need to ask a few more questions to discover the actual personality of the team to discover their interpretation of fun and active.

These kind of requests require dedicated, well thought out training programs combined with learning elements that can be measured and put into practice immediately.

Over the last 15 years there has been a significant move by companies of all sizes towards incorporating structured learning elements into their Incentive and Teambuilding Trips.

I have been privileged to be part of organising hundreds of events for companies such as Nike, Jones Lang La Salle, Levis, Sempre Analytics, SEAT, Mazda, Merck, Holaluz,

HPE, Kantar Health and the overarching theme that connects all these companies is their absolute commitment to everyone in their teams – not just those that have been earmarked for the company fast-track.

The agenda is to have fun and whilst doing this they are investing in training, communication skills, leadership skills, presentations skills, conflict resolution, and

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