Skills That Build: The Hard Science of Soft Skills for Work and Life

Skills That Build: The Hard Science of Soft Skills for Work and Life

by Gina M Wilson
Skills That Build: The Hard Science of Soft Skills for Work and Life

Skills That Build: The Hard Science of Soft Skills for Work and Life

by Gina M Wilson


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If you are ready to propel your career to the next level, if you are striving for both a successful career and a fulfilling life, Skills That Build provides the missing credential in your healthy success tool kit. Skills That Build is the intersection of science, business, and well-being, from the perspective of a seasoned management consultant and executive coach with an academic background in cognitive psychology. It offers readers an accessible means to coach themselves on skills in four critical areas, which promote psychological health and generate success both in the workplace and at home.​

Demand for leadership coaching has skyrocketed worldwide in the last five years, but few people can afford a professional coach. Even fewer receive coaching for career development and personal growth through their employer. Busy racking up buzzworthy credentials on their own time, today's emerging workers and mid-career professionals teeter precariously between personal and career aspirations.

​​ If ever there was a need for preventive mental health practices and accessible tools for workplace empowerment, the time is now. Just over a year ago, the workforce was focused on ascending the career ladder, with less attention paid to maintaining a healthy grip on personal well-being. Since then, the pandemic has underscored the need for resilience and effective ways to cope on both professional and personal fronts.

While successful leaders build success from within, they must first lead themselves. This book becomes the virtual coach on the bookshelf, as readers learn and master career-advancing skills that promote psychological health and well-being. Anyone can learn these behaviors and enhance their current repertoire using this evidence-based guide for skills that build us.​

Through stories from coaching clients, groundbreaking scientific research, examples of business applications, and exercises to hone and master new behaviors, Skills That Build demonstrates actionable techniques and empowers readers to jump-start their uniquely personal strategies for growth.​

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737082903
Publisher: Bayfront Press
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Gina M. Wilson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and holds a Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology from Villanova University. Her interest in leadership psychology began while writing her graduate thesis on employee performance and through extensive experience as a management consultant in the tech and healthcare industries. She received coach training through the Center for Coaching Certification and continued study at the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Gina's unique approach to coaching embraces the convergence of psychology, business, and well-being. Founder of System Strategies Consulting and Coaching, she is an experienced software developer, healthcare strategist, college instructor, and business owner. Her clients include professionals, business leaders, healthcare systems, higher education and government organizations, nonprofits, small business owners, corporate teams, and those aspiring to grow personally and professionally. Gina has served as board member for the Mental Health Association in Delaware and continues to promote mental health awareness. Beyond work, she enjoys paddle boarding, doing Zumba, being outside, and spending time with her family in their coastal Delaware home. URL:

Table of Contents




Part One: The Art and Science of Connected Communications

Chapter 1: Becoming Aware

Chapter 2: Effective Communication Matters

Chapter 3: Communication is Like Golf

Chapter 4: Upping Your Communications Game

Chapter 5: Lion or Lamb: The Communications Continuum

Part Two: You Don't Say: Empathic Listening and Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 6: It Takes Energy to Engage with Empathy

Chapter 7: Is Your Body Working For You or Against You?

Chapter 8: The Brain as Listening Organ

Part Three: Busy is the New Black: Fashionably Manage Your Time

Chapter 9: There's No Time Like the Present

Chapter 10: In a Time Warp: The Perception of Time

Chapter 11: Cellphone, Smartwatch, Alexa: There's an App for That!

Part Four: Resilience: Learning to Thrive

Chapter 12: Moving the Dial Toward Thriving

Chapter 13: Flowing Down the River of Human Performance

Chapter 14: Tipping the Positivity Scale



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