Join founder and CEO of Creative Maven, Heather Newman as she takes you through the power skills that are essential to each of us becoming stronger employees and better humans.
We hear the term “soft skills” as the definition of personal attributes that enable us to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.
However, there is nothing soft about mastering these skills; there is “strength” in the practice of developing these “Power” skills that are more intangible but critical to your working and interacting with the people around you effectively.
The best investment you can make is in yourself and practicing power skills helps you produce the results you want at work, at home, and in the world, building that expertise in the most critical person in your life, you.
2. Clean water
3. Clean clothes
4. A roof over your head
5. A kind heart
6. People you count as friends
7. You continue to dream
8. You care for other people and they care for
9. A job or work that you care about
10. You are alive
Every day we get 24 hours
1,440 minutes 86,400 seconds
Are you spending
or are you
investing it in you?
What is a power skill?
A power skill is the rephrasing of the term
“soft skills” used in job descriptions and by
There is nothing “soft” about becoming the
expert of you and developing your skills.
The Maven Principle –
Becoming the Expert of You
The mapping of
power skills to our
five basic needs helps
us move closer to
finding our purpose
and to become the
expert of you
– a maven of self.
The Maven Principle - Build power skills to become the expert of you
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that
is an act of political warfare.“ – Audre Lorde
Sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising and
we do not get enough of it.
Most of us are thirsty, right now and dehydrated. You lose water each
day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe.
Changing your state by simply going outside for a short time every day
helps us to be creative, to feel connected to nature and allows us to
settle our minds.
Meaningful work. Creativity. Finances. Problem Solving.
We all want to feel meaning with “what we do” and that can be being a
barista or being a CEO. We long for feeling like we are contributing to a
greater good. When we do not we feel inadequate and depressed.
Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas,
alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems,
communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
Robert E Franken, Human Motivation.
We don’t often run our own lives like a business, we think of tomorrow
instead of today living outside of our means. Becoming smarter and
giving full of care to our finances keep our stress levels at bay.
Solving problems are a part of our everyday work lives. They can be
external for clients or internal to our business. Having confidence about
providing ideas in the face of problems helps us feel like we are
bringing value to the situation.
Teamwork creates a sense of belonging, connectedness, a sense of security and
being a part of a team is something we all long for in all aspects of our lives.
One of the most important things we can do is develop deep intimate
friendships with other people. We don’t choose our families, but we
choose our friends. At work having allies is so important and helps us
to be productive, happy and creative.
Yes, networking does take time, effort, practice and many people
detest it. However, the more people you know, the more options you
have when you need something: a new job, a contact for a task or a
Effectively communicating through speaking, writing, deep listening,
and clear speech creates a positive culture whether it is at work or
Confidence. Leadership. Work Ethic. Presentation Skills.
Showing up both in person, digitally, and on-record with confidence
and strong sense of who you are and what you believe.
Each one of us has leadership qualities that can inspire teams to
accomplish amazing things. We lead in everything we do by our
example, by our actions and by what we believe.
Good habits and your values combined create your work ethic.
Employers want to see this behavior not just on your resume, the proof
in in your actions, not just your words.
Be prepared, practice, practice, practice, tell a story, be yourself, and
smile your audience is always rooting for you.
“Self-love/compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness, concern, and
support you’d show to a good friend.
When faced with difficult life struggles, or confronting personal mistakes, failures, and
inadequacies, self-compassion responds with kindness rather than harsh self-
judgment, recognizing that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.”
“The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone
who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly
more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area
can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!”
Many times when we are in need of forgiving some one else, we
actually need to forgive ourselves as well. To err is human, to forgive is
Showing kindness, caring and a willingness to help others is a positive
emotion that has connection to being thoughtful, decent and showing
empathy to everyone.
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