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Cole Link Foundation - Career Development Soft Skills Courses
The Cole Link Foundation has developed a comprehensive 22 course curriculum to teach the core soft skills everyone can benefit from. A soft skill is a personal attribute that supports situational awareness and enhances an individual's ability to get a job done. The term soft skills are often used as a synonym for people skills or emotional intelligence.
The courses are designed not just for the workplace, but for any group or individual who wants to learn and improve their social emotional intelligence.
Providing soft skills training enables your employees to "think outside the box" both creatively and critically. Using these skills, they will be able to weigh up their options, make informed decisions, making them more likely to achieve the desired results.
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What are the benefits of soft skills training?
Cole Link is willing to customize course selection offering single courses or groupings of your choice.
Welcome to the Anger Management workshop. Simply put, anger management is the process of controlling anger before this anger controls you. Anger can be an incredibly damaging force, costing people their jobs, personal relationships, and even their lives when it gets out of hand. However, since everyone experiences anger, it is important to have constructive approaches to manage it effectively.
This course will help teach participants healthy ways to express their anger, identify anger triggers, as well as techniques to de-escalate an angry individual. It is not always possible to eliminate the things that enrage you. What is possible however, is learning how to gain control and manage your anger effectively.
Accountability In The Workplace
Accountability helps to ensure that every employee will take responsibility for their performance and behaviors and continue to manage this responsibility. When we implement goals and communicate with one another, we can achieve powerful results. Building an accountable workplace requires strong teamwork and collaboration. Every team member must have a strong understanding of the values of the company and recognize the importance of their dedication, in order to attain success.
The Accountability in the Workplace course will provide you with informative tools and practical strategies that can be used to help empower the team to work towards achieving the benefits of accountability. Accountable employees will fuel performance and productivity, and generate an enhanced workplace.
Through our Business Acumen workshop your participants will improve their judgment and decisiveness skills. Business Acumen is all about seeing the big picture and recognizing that all decisions no matter how small can have an effect on the bottom line. Your participants will increase their financial literacy and improve their business sense.
Business Acumen will give your participants an advantage everyone wishes they had. The workshop will help your participants recognize learning events, manage risk better, and increase their critical thinking. Business Acumen has the ability to influence your whole organization, and provide that additional edge that will lead to success.
A company's ethics will determine its reputation. Good business ethics are essential for the long-term success of an organization. Implementing an ethical program will foster a successful company culture and increase profitability. Developing a Business Ethics program takes time and effort, but doing so will do more than improve business, it will change lives.
A company's ethics will have an influence on all levels of business. It will influence all who interact with the company including customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, etc. All of these groups will have an effect on the way a company's ethics are developed. It is a two-way street; the influence goes both ways, which makes understanding ethics a very important part of doing business today. Ethics is very important, as news can now spread faster and farther than ever before.
This course examines the basics, most importantly to be considerate of others, dress/appearance, the workplace versus social situations, business meetings, proper introductions and "the handshake", conversation skills/small talk, cultural differences affecting international business opportunities, dealing with interruptions, and proper business email and telephone etiquette. Have you ever been in a situation where:
You met someone important and had no idea what to say or do?
You spilled soup all over yourself at an important business event?
You showed up at an important meeting under or overdressed?
Let's face it: we've all had those embarrassing etiquette gaffes. Our Business Etiquette workshop will help your participants look and sound their best no matter what the situation.
Civility In The Workplace
While a training program on workplace manners and courtesy may seem like overkill, the reality is: rudeness is an epidemic costing industry millions a year. Indeed, what society seems to be gaining in terms of both knowledge and technological advancement, is losing out on basic social values that directly impact the bottom line.
To address the growing problem of incivility in the work setting, this workshop introduces the concept of civility, its importance to a company, as well as its typical causes and effects. Skills needed to effectively practice civil behavior, as well as different ways organizations can systematize civility in the workplace will also be discussed. The benefits to Civility In The Workplace are countless and will pay off immensely in every aspect of your job.
Wherever two or more people come together, there is bound to be conflict. This course will give participants a seven-step conflict resolution process that they can use and modify to resolve conflict disputes of any size. Your participants will also be provided with a set of skills in solution building and finding common ground.
In the Conflict Resolution workshop, participants will learn crucial conflict management skills, including dealing with anger and using the Agreement Frame. Dealing with conflict is important for every organization no matter what the size. If it is left unchecked or not resolved it can lead to lost production, absences, attrition, and even lawsuits.
Critical thinking is vital to any kind of success, including your career and beyond. Simply put, critical thinking is a questioning approach to form a judgment or conclusion. It encourages reflective and independent thinking to guide us through the hundreds of decisions that we make throughout a week. Having these skills provides you with the best chance of making an informed decision. Everything and anything can be a subject to question with critical thinking.
As problems are bound to come up in any organization, it's important to know how to address these challenges with good reasoning and logic. Utilizing your critical thinking skills will lead you toward being a more rational and disciplined thinker. This Critical Thinking workshop will provide your learners the skills to approach problems critically, as well as recognize the power of open-mindedness and altering your perspective, in order to make the best choices.
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Taking control over the emotions that shape our lives can have powerful effects. Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and manage our emotions, behaviors, and impulses, as well as apply this knowledge to the world around us. It encourages self-awareness, internal motivation, and the exploration of diverse perspectives. Through effective and authentic communication, emotional intelligence will create positive relationships within any organization.
Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be developed, in which these skills will help you to maximize your personal and professional success. The Developing Emotional Intelligence course will provide participants with the tools to gain control over emotions, navigate challenging situations, and communicate empathetically. With emotional intelligence, you can build a happy and prosperous life.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The world is diverse; it is made up of people who have different backgrounds, traditions, and beliefs. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) creates a culture where every individual is acknowledged and supported, regardless of their differing background. It helps us to recognize the value in diverse voices, as well as other individual differences, such as gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Ultimately, a diverse workplace will lead to better innovation and success. Through inclusive language and leadership, everyone is encouraged to evolve both personally and professionally.
Many organizations are working towards fostering a workplace culture that is committed to DEI practices and ensuring that every voice is heard. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course will provide participants with the tools to recognize social biases, respond to microaggressions, as well as provide resources to create a safe and welcoming work environment. With strong team commitment and courage, we can create a sense of belonging for everyone.
Handling A Difficult Customer
Wouldn't the world be a great place if every customer was a pleasure to deal with? We all know that is a fantasy land. So what is the best way to handle a difficult customer? Through our workshop your participants will learn stress management skills, how to build rapport, and recognizing certain body language.
By utilizing our Handling a Difficult Customer workshop your participants will see an increase in customer service, productivity, and a decrease in unhappy customers. Your participants will be provided a strong skill set including in-person and over the phone techniques, addressing complaints, and generating return business.
Improving mindfulness is about understanding yourself and being "in the moment". Your participants will become more mindful of their actions and learn how to express and interpret their present environment. They will create positive connections and increase their self-regulation of attention and personal experiences.
Improving Mindfulness will provide benefits throughout their professional and personal lives. Improving mindfulness through gratitude, filtering, and active listening will give your participants the advantage of seeing things in a new light. This workshop has the ability to give your participants an increased recognition of mental events in the present moment which provides countless benefits.
Self-awareness is developing an understanding of your emotions and feelings. It is an awareness of the physical, emotional, and psychological self. Your participants will identify ways of recognizing all of these and improving each through various cognitive and learning styles.
Improving Self-Awareness will improve self-control, reduce procrastination, and develop mood management. Your participants will improve their relationships and create a more fulfilling life. These improvements will in turn translate into a wholly improved workforce. Stress will decline and productivity will increase as internal turmoil will decline all through improving self-awareness.
Managing Workplace Anxiety
Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a normal reaction characterized by feelings of fear or apprehension. One of the leading places that individuals will experience anxiety or excessive stress is the workplace. While it is normal to have some fear or feel out of place at work occasionally, it can become a serious problem when the anxiety becomes unmanageable and keeps you from performing your everyday activities. Anxiety can have a negative impact on your quality of work, work performance, and affect your relationships with colleagues. Identifying your workplace anxiety and learning powerful coping strategies will help you to work with your anxiety, rather than against it.
With our Managing Workplace Anxiety course, your participants will learn resources and effective skills that will help them recognize and manage anxiety in the workplace. Participants will feel more confident in their professional environment, as well as more prepared to overcome the challenges that the workplace may bring.
Managing Workplace Harassment
Oh, you may say, "not in my office," or "not our team," but workplace harassment is an increasing issue in the organizations today. It can come in the form of a slap, a phrase, an email, or reassignment of duties. Harassment is not okay and it is illegal. Harassment needs to be reported so that the company can handle the issue properly and remediate any future problems.
Our Managing Workplace Harassment workshop provides guidance for an ever-changing work environment. Your participants will recognize the necessity for the whole organization to be on board with monitoring and reporting any issues. This workshop will also help in fostering a safer and more productive workplace.
Responsibility In The Workplace
One of the most critical traits to look for in an employee is responsibility. Responsible employees drive the success of an organization, whether for profit or not for profit.
The responsibility in the workplace workshop will introduce to you the idea of responsibility and the traits that define a responsible employee. It will also show the effects of having responsible employees versus irresponsible employees. And finally, the workshop will cover the steps to becoming more responsible.
Positive and negative stress is a constant influence on all our lives. The trick is to maximize the positive stress and to minimize the negative stress. Your participants will be shown how stress can be positive and negative, and we'll look at the Triple A approach that will form the basis of this workshop.
The Stress Management workshop will give participants a three-option method for addressing any stressful situation, as well as a toolbox of personal skills, including using routines, relaxation techniques, and a stress log system. They will also understand what lifestyle elements they can change to reduce stress.
Ten Soft Skills You Need
The meaning of Soft Skills can sometimes be difficult to describe. It can be that unique attribute or characteristic that facilitates great communication. It can be the special way that you show confidence in a challenging situation. These and other events can become more easily managed with this great workshop.
With our Ten Soft Skills You Need workshop your participants will begin to see how important it is to develop a core set of soft skills. By managing and looking at the way people interact and seeing things in a new light, your participants will improve on almost every aspect of their career.
Having a balance between work and home life can be a challenge. With this challenge come great rewards when it is done successfully. By balancing a career with home life it will provide benefits in each environment. You will become healthier, mentally, and physically, and you will be able to produce more career wise.
With a Work-Life Balance you will be managing your time better. Better time management will benefit all aspects of life; you will be working less and producing more. This workshop will show how to focus on the important things, set accurate and achievable goals, and communicate better with your peers at work and your family at home.
Training on preventing bullying in the workplace is crucial in creating a workplace that is inclusive and safe for all to work.
The Workplace Bullying workshop will introduce you to your company's responsibility with regard to preventing bullying, as well as the effects of bullying. It talks about what to do if one is being bullied or witnesses another person being bullied. It will also describe the steps that should be taken when it is determined that employees are not in compliance with the business' policy.
Harassment can be based on a variety of factors such as race, sex, and disability. Experiencing an uncomfortable situation in the workplace may be more than an unpleasant event; it may be against the law. This alone is what makes this topic very important for every organization.
Our Workplace Harassment workshop will give participants the tools to recognize harassment when it occurs. It will help them understand their rights and responsibilities and create a safe environment for all. Through this workshop your participants will recognize that it is necessary for everyone to identify harassment and exercise anti-harassment policies.
Workplace harassment must be identified, discouraged, and prevented in order to keep a hostile work environment from developing. Left unchecked, harassment can escalate into violence. Workplace violence and harassment training is essential to the safety of all employees.
To prevent Workplace Violence, it is essential that everyone can identify individuals who may be prone to violence. Our workshop will help your participants recognize certain behaviors and lower the risk of escalated situations. This workshop will help participants identify the warning signs, as well as give them coping and response tools.