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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144792956X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447929567
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emma Sue Prince has long specialised in soft skills, trainer training, materials design and management development. Her work has taken her all over the world consulting in emerging and developing countries and designing qualifications and experiential learning programmes.

She is the director of Unimenta, a training support network and virtual business supporting trainers who deliver soft skills with guidance, materials, news and professional development. Membership is free at www.unimenta.com

Emma Sue believes passionately in the principles and concepts she writes about in The Advantage and tries to apply them in all that she does.

She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her family. This is her first book.

Find out more at www-the-advantage.info

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A useful starting point for assessing one's own soft skills; a valuable framework for personal development.
Nick Brieger: leadership, intercultural and communication trainer
 
A wonderful little goldmine of information for students. Lisa Day, Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University

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Just doing your job won’t get you to the top, but what does it take? Soft skills are your secret weapon.

 

These days we’re all working harder and longer, but finding it harder than ever to make an impact and get the results we want.  Traditional skills like being a good team player, a solid leader or a brilliant negotiator don’t seem to be as effective anymore. To really stand out, you need to be doing something different, something better.

 

You need The Advantage.

 

In this groundbreaking book, we set the scene for seven new skills that will propel you and your career forward. Through a combination of scientific research, no-nonsense advice, practical exercises and case studies, this book shows you how to understand, develop and use:

Adaptability - respond effectively to challenges and grab new opportunities

Resilience - learn from experience and attack the next challenge with equal boldness

Optimism - be the most positive person you know

Integrity - trust, values and honesty are the name of the game now as is authenticity

Critical thinking - challenge assumptions and find solutions

Pro-activity - thinking and acting ahead

Empathy - respect and nurture your relationships

 

STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.

 

 

A wonderful little goldmine of information for students. Lisa Day, Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earl H on 23 Jun. 2013
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[ASIN:B00CB5UWOQ The Advantage: The 7 Soft Skills You Need to Stay One Step Ahead of Prince, Emma-Sue 1st (first) Edition on 28 February 2013]

We live in time of great change and challenges but this also happens to be greatest time for making the most of the new innovative and creative opportunities that are now at our disposal.
Sometimes in life, the very foundational pillars upon which we build our lives, seem to crumble. Its during these periods that life teaches us the most even when our words seem to fail us. Such periods of pain are sometimes the most enlightening even within our professional and our creative environments. It is in these periods that the process of alchemy takes place and only then when the dross is removed and we become pure gold. I too have had to deal with change and needed to go through a metamorphosis and the adaptation of the lean principles have allowed me to embrace that process of transformation.
If we ever get cut off into isolation like Joseph in the bible or Nelson Mandela our gifts still go before us and make a way for us. There is much need for us to think critically and we all need to stand up and be counted. It is always better to make apologies than to spend our lives begging for permission. Walk in love, as our love needs to start with self and to ourselves be true. Resilience and optimism truly pave the way to success. This internet age can be truly distraction . It is essential to switch off from from time to time.
Reading Emma Sue book has inspired me to publish the book I have written and truly stay one step ahead. Resilience and optimism really does pave the way to success. Looking forward to more work from Emma Sue well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Keener on 18 April 2014
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Emma-Sue Prince breaks down the key professional development areas we need to focus on in order to stay competitive in a changing work environment. What I particularly liked about this book is that it clearly defines these different skills and the steps the reader can take to develop them. For example, in order to develop integrity it’s not just about defining your values but how well you listen and manage your time. That, along with case studies and stop and think prompts, make this a very interactive book. I personally found the sections on healthy optimism, resilience and being proactive particularly useful.

In my work as a career coach, I have a wide variety of clients from graduate students to senior executives to international people in career transition, and all seven of these skills are crucial to their career success. Employers are increasingly probing these skill-sets in interviews and assessment centres. This is an excellent resource to get people to evaluate where they are and how they can demonstrate they have these differentiating competencies. I would definitely recommend this book to current job seekers and those developing their personal brand within an organisation or starting their own business.
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I have grown up as a member of the 'pressure-generation'...

Competition for school places, university places and jobs has been fierce, and the importance of grinding out 'A' grades and nailing down qualifications was impressed on me from an early age. Attainments were everything, but as an adult I'm learning that these traditional attainments are not the true measure of a person.

We are told by our politicians that we are now competing in a global economy, and must work harder for longer and 'achieve' more if we are to compete with far-eastern economies, but the cost of competition is high. In our myopic pursuit of traditional academic and professional attainment, we are neglecting the critical skills that underpin our daily interactions- both professional and personal. Employers bemoan the lack of 'people-skills' in prospective graduate employees. Students leave school and university equipped to fulfil a particular function, but paralysed by a fear of failure and lacking the confidence and richness of character to make choices about how best to live their own lives. This book could not come at a better time.

In 'The Advantage', Emma-Sue Prince identifies the key qualities that act as the foundation of a coherent, balanced and productive personality. There are no cliches here. Simplistic and reductive concepts like 'teamwork' and 'leadership skills' are unpacked and analysed, broken down into their elemental components and reconstructed in a crystal clear overview of the skills that we need to develop if we are to be best equipped for life in the modern world.

This, I am relieved to say, is not a traditional 'self-help' book. Certainly, it is helpful, but 'The Advantage' is not a trite ego-massage for the reader.
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Business in the 21st century is all about managing and adapting to change. The business you are running or working in today will look and feel quite different to the business you are in 2 - 5 years hence. Over the past 10 years I have been working with managers and executives in large companies and organisations to implement change. During this time I can count on one hand those managers or execs that I can say: "yes, you have got it" and who I would willingly follow when the time came to go over the top of the trench. It isn't that they have an x-factor (a term which is now just a commodity), it is the fact that as managers, leaders and people, they are 'complete' - not only do they have a good set of the 'hard skills' it takes to get ahead in business but they have a complete set of the 'soft skills' that it takes to be a true leader. In particular they have locked down the ability to show empathy and demonstrate integrity. Change is about taking your key business assets, i.e. your people with you on the journey, whether that is onward to the next phase in the organisation's life or to the next phase in their lives outside the organisation. Always treat people as adults, show empathy and lead with integrity

What I like about 'The Advantage' is that it is a business book written with integrity. It isn't just theory but tried and tested. The author has applied the 7 soft skills of adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, resilience and being proactive to her own life and experienced the results. The book itself is an easy read packed with relevant examples and practical applications. If you want to take your business career (and life in general) to the next level in a period of heightened competition and constant change then developing key `soft skills' and adding them to your overall skillset will give you that competitive advantage. Highly recommended read.
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