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Follow the Data: Make Soft Skills Your L&D Super Power

In a surprising study, Google discovered that its highest performing teams aren’t those stacked with scientists, but interdisciplinary groups heavily benefitting from employees bringing strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further, additional research found that it’s these soft skills, like good communication and empathetic leadership, not hard skills, that comprise the top predictors of success within the company.

Research from MIT Sloan echoed Google’s findings, showing that soft skills training, even in more hands-on, technical roles in a factory setting, can improve work productivity. Initiated at five Bangalore factories, a controlled, twelve-month trial revealed that training in problem solving, communication, and decision-making yielded a 250 percent ROI in eight months.

Time and time again, industry data, market trends, and insights from top business leaders highlight soft skills as important, and yet they’re still often overlooked.

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How Boston’s C-suites can prepare their employees for the future of work [via The Boston Globe]

Corporate America is grappling with the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on today’s workforce, and many industries are facing obstacles when it comes to hiring and retaining workers who have the skills needed in our increasingly changing economy.

So how can business leaders adapt to the changing landscape?
edX President and COO, Adam Medros, discusses in his latest piece on BostonGlobe.com

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5 Tips to Improve Your Corporate Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is top of mind for all C-suite executives. Why? Almost 1 in 3 companies will experience a major breach within the next 24 months - and at an average of $3.86M per incident. Beyond the cost, most executives find the real price tag comes in reputational losses.  

“Protect your reputation, because that’s usually the hardest aspect of a breach to fix. Software can be reinstalled. Data can be restored from backups. However, once you’ve lost your reputation, people might not want to do business with you anymore,” says Professor Jonathan S. Weissman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology and the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program on edX.org.

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Follow the Data: Make Soft Skills Your L&D Super Power

In a surprising study, Google discovered that its highest performing teams aren’t those stacked with scientists, but interdisciplinary groups heavily benefitting from employees bringing strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further, additional research found that it’s these soft skills, like good communication and empathetic leadership, not hard skills, that comprise the top predictors of success within the company.

Research from MIT Sloan echoed Google’s findings, showing that soft skills training, even in more hands-on, technical roles in a factory setting, can improve work productivity. Initiated at five Bangalore factories, a controlled, twelve-month trial revealed that training in problem solving, communication, and decision-making yielded a 250 percent ROI in eight months.

Time and time again, industry data, market trends, and insights from top business leaders highlight soft skills as important, and yet they’re still often overlooked.

How Boston’s C-suites can prepare their employees for the future of work [via The Boston Globe]

Corporate America is grappling with the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on today’s workforce, and many industries are facing obstacles when it comes to hiring and retaining workers who have the skills needed in our increasingly changing economy.

So how can business leaders adapt to the changing landscape?
edX President and COO, Adam Medros, discusses in his latest piece on BostonGlobe.com

5 Tips to Improve Your Corporate Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is top of mind for all C-suite executives. Why? Almost 1 in 3 companies will experience a major breach within the next 24 months - and at an average of $3.86M per incident. Beyond the cost, most executives find the real price tag comes in reputational losses.  

“Protect your reputation, because that’s usually the hardest aspect of a breach to fix. Software can be reinstalled. Data can be restored from backups. However, once you’ve lost your reputation, people might not want to do business with you anymore,” says Professor Jonathan S. Weissman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology and the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program on edX.org.

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