The “Softer” Side of Finance: My Top Articles from 2012
The year has drawn to a close, and the new year is ringing in (perhaps a great relief to those who were following the dire end-of-world predictions to the contrary). What a great time to revisit some of my favorite articles from the past year for you to enjoy for the first time — or all over again:
- Listening skills are a critical component to building successful relationships and are a top employee-development priority expressed frequently in our interactions with recruiting and training managers. Keeping your ears open and your mouth shut is a good start, but it’s not the whole story. In “Listen Up: Emotional Intelligence is Critical for Success,” Julia VanDeren, our Career Services Representative, and I consider how developing a good understanding of behavioral style (your own and that of others) can improve your communication skills.
- Many investment professionals focus more effort on building assets under management (AUM) than actually building relationships with their clients. Building trust with clients is an important element to ultimately retaining AUM, and the aftermath of the global financial crisis has demonstrated how critical this soft skill is. If you’re looking for some practical advice, check out “Five Key Strategies for Building Trust with Your Clients.”
- I think most professionals in the industry have by now become convinced that, when paired with solid technical skills, “soft” skills can give you a critical edge and differentiate you throughout your career. If you still needconvincing that investing in personal development does indeed pay dividends, “Resources to Support Your ‘Soft’ Skills Development” is a recommended read.
- What’s your definition of influence? In “Soft Skills for Finance: The Power of Influence,” I consider how organizational structure affects techniques for influencing and offer useful resources to build your skills. Another good read to better understand the evolution in management theory and practice is “Lessons In Leadership: The Case for Servant Leadership in Finance.”
I hope 2013 brings you many opportunities to learn and enhance your personal development!
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