“Soft” skills are personal character traits or qualities that each of us possesses. Generally speaking, they include our attitudes, habits and the ways we interact with other people. They are much less tangible than “hard” or technical skills, and unlike them, they are not learned through formal training programs. You need to acquire, nurture and improve soft skills, but above all be ready to put effort into their development. Soft skills are crucial in everyone’s professional development, and they can determine the extent of your professional development.
This intensive three-day program will be held in the period from December 5th to 7th (every day from 4 to 8 PM). It is primarily intended for members of our association members and those of the supercluster, and will be realized through two separate modules: one dedicated to leaders and team leaders, and the second one which is intended for employees in local companies from the creative-tech domain. The SGA has been preparing a program dedicated to soft skills for a while, and now it is finally realized through the program Creative Tech Serbia and in partnership with the companies TIM Centar and Rezilient from Novi Sad.
Participation in the academy is free for members of SGA and the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster, while the number of participants is limited. We kindly ask all those interested to fill in the online form no later than November 30th. (IMPORTANT: All participants are obliged to attend all days and sessions of the program!).
Among the topics that will be covered in a series of two-hour workshops are psychological safety and managing emotions at work, managing yourself and others, managing the situation, presentation and negotiation skills, assertiveness, giving and receiving feedback, personal effectiveness and many others. Among the lecturers will be leading domestic trainers from HR and other fields, such as Relja Dereta, Nana Radenković, Milica Novkov, Jana Kukić, Ivana Mrđen, Jelena Anđelić, Anja Radočić Vučićević, Nikola Čavić, Svetlana Marčeta and others.
When we talk about the leadership segment of this program, leaders will acquire skills that will help them create a team culture based on emotional literacy, clear boundaries and expectations, inclusiveness that empowers all team members, and the ability to quickly adapt to new circumstances in uncertain circumstances. Leaders today face a multitude of challenges—solving problems, making decisions, motivating team members, all in unpredictable and rapidly changing circumstances. Such a context requires leaders to learn to lead themselves and their teams under great pressure. So they need to develop mental and emotional strength to deal with it.
The academy program will be rounded off on December 8th at the SGA Soft Skills Meetup, which will be open to all interested audiences. Then Zoja Kukić will talk to us about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and you will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive lecture by theater director Paul Bourne, coming from the Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain.
TIM Centar is a consulting company for human resources, which has 15 permanent consultants, specialized in certain HR areas. TIM Center started providing psychological support to employees in 2011. Since then, they have been further developing our program every year, while Rezilient is the result of their many years of experience in supporting companies and employees to be more resistant to stress and more satisfied with their work and life.
This activity is launched by the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster, with the support of USAID Serbia and ICT Hub Belgrade (through the Serbia Innovates project). You can read more about the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster here.