Let’s Stop Talking About Soft Skills: They’re Power Skills

Tech Women NZ invite you to a webinar on 12 October to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

This webinar will discuss why soft skills such as empathy, listening, being a good team player, thinking holistically, effective communication etc really are business Power Skills and why we need to see more of them in lead roles.

Let’s Stop Talking About Soft Skills: They’re PowerSkills is a title used by Josh Bersin in his on-line publication of the same name , a good read if you get the chance.

Companies of today are not only looking for technical skills, but behavioural skills to increase and support their business.

Skills such as empathy, listening, being a good team player, thinking holistically, effective communication etc – these are as important as having five years of technical experience and certification.

This has often been where women have naturally been the strongest players, but in the IT industry, they have been woefully under-represented at the Senior Leadership Table, as well as within technical teams.

However, things are changing, more women are returning to their IT careers and pockets of strong female leaders have emerged.

Businesses have recognised the worth of behavioural skills and company culture.

Skills that have often taken years to acquire owing to a rollercoaster of experience both at work and in our personal lives.

The webinar is going to discuss why these soft skills really are business Power Skills and why we need to see more of them in lead roles.

Speakers:
Julie Fitzgerald – Organisational Learning Manager at Z Energy NZ
Angela Cunneen – Country Manager at VMware

Event Details:
• Online webinar
• Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm NZST
• Free for members & non-members

Register here

Cybersecurity and the workplace

In my last blog post on August 20th this year, one of the Lynda.com links I included was a course in Cybersecurity at work.  Since then some major New Zealand companies such as the NZ Stock Exchange and the Metservice have been affected by cyber attacks.  I hope the courses included here will give some guidance on how you can protect your company.  Also if you are thinking of getting into the industry, I’ve included some insights from a cybersecurity professional.

Cybersecurity for small and medium sized businesses: Essential training   Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework—an international standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology—Kristin Judge takes you through a five-step process that can help you better secure your business.  The course runs for roughly 1 1/2 hours and is at a beginners level and includes topics such as Protecting valuable data and accounts, recovering from a breach,  and technology checklists for small and medium businesses.

Cybersecurity Foundations .  This 2 hour course uploaded this year is designed to help you  in assessing  and mitigating risks using various cybersecurity frameworks and control standards, such as NIST, COBIT 5, and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Malcolm details pertinent cyber threats and how they operate, including how cyber criminals hide their attacks, how advanced persistent threats (APTs) work, and even how to determine what’s real and what’s merely cyber fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).  (intermediate level)

The cybersecurity threat landscape.   This Marc Menninger 1 hour beginner’s course describes some of the most common cybersecurity threats, including phishing and ransomware, as well as newer attack vectors like cryptojacking, cloud-based threats, and unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He then teaches the best countermeasures for reducing or eliminating the impact of these threats.

Learning supply chain cybersecurity.    In this hour long intermediate level course, Dr. Emma Osborn discusses how supply chains are evolving, and the different ways that businesses within the supply chain interact. She reviews examples of real-world supply chains and uses these to explore how the scope of cybersecurity risk is creeping past traditional organizational boundaries. You can then learn some approaches for managing relationships and improving supply chain security, discovering what works best for each scenario.

And finally, Insights from a cybersecurity professional.  In this interview-style course, Mike Chapple answers questions such as…How does one break into the cybersecurity field? What are the various career tracks? How do organizations prevent a security breach? What are the compliance issues? Who is responsible for security in the cloud? and How does IT security impact other business divisions?

Work skills you will need in the post-pandemic world

I’ve been reading a few articles which discuss the personal attributes the new “worker” will need in the coming years and the following come up again and again. I’ve chosen to highlight a few Lynda.com courses freely available with your Wellington City Libraries’ card.

 Developing adaptability as a Manager 

The business world is changing faster than ever, with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is a foundational skill for managers, which enables them to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities. Join author and professor Dorie Clark, as she introduces strategies for becoming a more adaptable leader. Learn how to monitor for change in order to better prepare for it, hone your skills, and create a more adaptable team that is innovative and responsive to change.

Leading with emotional intelligence

Emotions are all around us in the office, and it’s important for leaders to understand how to harness them to cultivate productivity and positive relationships. In this course, Britt Andreatta shares how to boost your emotional quotient (EQ) to better lead teams, work with peers, and manage up. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it factors in at work, and discover concrete techniques for raising your own EQ. This includes perceiving yourself accurately, exercising emotional self-control, understanding and managing your triggers, and developing empathy. Then, turn those lessons around to build your awareness of others and become a more inspiring—and effective—leader.

Cybersecurity at work

Cybersecurity isn’t solely within your IT department’s purview. If you own a smartphone, work on a computer, or use the internet, then you’re exposed to a variety of security risks on a daily basis. In this course, instructor Caroline Wong details what these threats are and what you can do about them—both to protect yourself and your organization. In a series of engaging scenarios, Caroline shines a spotlight on some of the most common security risks you’ll encounter in your personal and work life, as well as how to mitigate them. Learn how to identify and avoid phishing, malware, and social engineering attacks. Plus, get best practices for protecting your accounts, company intellectual property, and online activity.

Develop your creative thinking and innovation skills

Learn how to generate innovative solutions in work situations. Review how to develop, design, and create new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, and products. Discover how to use creative and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

 

 

 

 

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Needing to upgrade your IT skills for the post-covid world?

Our Lynda.com resource has fantastic resources to help you. This post introduces you to a range of videos on cloud computing including Cloud Architecture and Cloud Administration.

Cloud computing careers and certifications: First steps Thinking about a career in cloud computing, but don’t know where to begin? This course outlines the steps to a career path and certifications that you should consider if you are interested in transitioning to cloud computing. The course focuses on the major cloud platforms and looks at a variety of career paths including IT pro, developer, analyst and architect roles. The course is aimed at beginners and is 1hr 20 minutes .

Cloud Architecture: Core Concepts: This is another beginner’s level course running at 1 ½ hours.  The course aims to build your cloud computing skills by familiarizing you with the business and tech-related basics of creating a cloud architecture.   The course moves from the fundamentals  to the technical requirements and then leads you through the process of building your first architecture.

Careers in Cloud Computing: IT Pro to Microsoft Cloud Pro   This intermediate level course (1 hr 45 mins) is very relevant today as more and more businesses adopt cloud-based technologies.  Moving to cloud-based systems requires a new approach to IT management including a whole new suite of tools and skills.  This course equips IT professionals to shift their careers and embrace cloud technology, and focusses mainly on Microsoft cloud services.  However additional platforms such as Amazon Web Services is also covered.

Build your knowledge of Cloud Administration This valuable learning path (20 hours)  contains a series of videos which will enable you to have a good grasp of cloud principles and services including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform .  It also gives you a chance to practice what you have learned and to certify your achievement.  Te The module consists of 9 courses.

Wanting to upgrade your technology skills or your business knowledge? Use Lynda.com for free with your WCL Card

The workplace today demands continuing skills development. Whether you are looking to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals Lynda.com is one of the best sources for online learning. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a Wellington City Libraries member you have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Thinking of changing careers, there is a Career Development Guide with some great 2018 videos “Resume Makeover”, “figuring your next move” “taking charge of your career”. The videos let you work at your own pace and are designed to cater for every level of experience.

Have a look, you won’t be disappointed

The rise of apps culture

This recent report from the Pew Research Centre examines how many people with applications on their phones actually use them.  The report was done in association with Nielsen and found that 35% of adults have cell phones with apps, but only two-thirds of those who have apps actually use them”.  

The survey interviewed 1917 users , and the report brings to light an interesting range of statistics.

Thanks to docuticker

Cool IT Leaderboard

The “leaderboard evaluates company performance on their efforts to offer economy-wide technological climate solutions that contribute to global greenhouse gas reductions, initiatives to reduce emissions from their own footprint, and their active engagement in political advocacy and support for science based climate and energy policies”.  This is Greenpeace’s third leaderboard. 

Thanks to Resourceshelf