AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Lifestyle

Importance of Soft skills to Nurture you

‘’Soft skills get little respect, but they will make or break your career.”

Peggy Klaus, Author

Soft skills

Soft skills refer to the Personal traits which will lead the Individual to Interact and Engage with others. These can be characterised as the mix of Interpersonal, Social Skills which will sustain the Personality Balance of people. As well as having and Maintaining a Good degree of Soft Skills give the best open doors in life. Therefore, it is important to understand the Importance of Soft skills.

What is Defined by Soft skills?

Soft skills are Social, Interpersonal, Positive, and Disciplinary Behavioral abilities or patterns that can Comprehensively nurture a balanced Personality. Communication abilities, Teamwork, Patience, adjustability, Leadership, Creativity, Time Management, empathy, and Confidence. These skills are also referred to as Emotional Intelligence or 21st Century skills. And are essential while living in an era of rapid development.

Unlike hard skills such as learning a foreign language, computer programming, and Completing a degree, developing soft skills has easy. Developing soft skills is not as complex as completing a degree. On the other hand, it is even more complicated than completing a degree because it cannot be taught under classroom education. Still, it must be attained through emotional capability, personality, social Awareness, and Experience. Some people get these skills embedded in their characters naturally, while others have to develop them through meditation, reading, and observing.

Relationship between Hard skills and Soft skills

Hard skills have a minimal value without the combination of soft skills. Think of a doctor with a PhD but zero patience. And a teacher with 100% theoretical Knowledge but poor communication skills. That is where soft skills come into action. And has much more importance when compared with hard skills.

What is the Importance of soft skills ?

Soft skills aid you throughout your life, no matter your stage. It could be your college years, during the years of your career or even your personal and spiritual growth. These skills will help you transform your Ordinary personality into an Extraordinary level. Everyone will recognise you and be rewarded for what you are. Moreover, the support soft skills can provide oneself is unlimited. At the same time, hard skills would provide support on a limited scale.

How will soft skills Nurture your Personality?

Types of Soft Skills

Types of Soft Skills

Soft skills such as communication skills help individuals succeed in their life as a student in college, an employee at an office, or representatives of an association and the country. It will not only lead you towards the victory but also the organisation that you represent.

Gone are the days when high educational qualifications were mandatory for top management. Presently in life modern world, people look for more emotionally advanced individuals to manage posts along with the required theoretical knowledge to get the best outcome. Moreover, a leader who has developed soft skills tends to show empathy and sympathy to those who work under them. And also possesses patience, creativity, and teamwork that breaks the boundaries of a typical leader. And is more forward with a lot of energy.

Presently. the world is more focused on the soft skills of individuals rather than paper qualifications. It is a general fact that nobody wants to work with an arrogant boss. And in an environment where the workers feel insecure. This will indeed affect the efficiency and productivity of the work. There is no denying the fact that technical skills cannot be utilised.

Further, mother nature is more interested in empathetical, calm, and adaptable human beings. As with the technological advancements daily, the world runs short of them. Emotional intelligence must go hand in hand with rapid automation to maintain the equilibrium in the world. And make it a better place that will nurture you and the world.

Summing it up, Interpersonal Skills are Personality traits. The world nowadays is rooting individuals having the perfect blend of hard and soft skills. Others refer to an individual with exceptional soft skills, so all of us should be extra conscious about the soft skills that will Nurture us.

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Lifestyle, Programs, Travel

Priceless Experiences create unforgettable memories | Volunteer Experience of Sudeera in Poland

Usually, I’m not a person who would adhere to philosophical sayings. But, one of my experiences made me believe. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”. Here comes the life-changing experience I got as a volunteer through AIESEC in University of Kelaniya.

I’m Sudheera Fernando, the Former local committee vice president for marketing for the term 21.22. I’m well known for my daring nature. And I do not take things much personally. Accordingly, My character has allowed me more space to enjoy my life. As a result, I make the full out of the situations that come across me. Thus, this volunteer program was solely based on travelling under the Sustainable Development Goal 08, Decent Work and Economic growth.

Sudeera in poland

A long-awaited moment to place in Poland

Indeed, I would say I was very excited before the commencement of my journey. But from the beginning, I knew this would be very challenging. Above all, this is an experience in a completely different social and geographical setting. I began my adventure from Krakow in Poland. It is a Southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic. Also, it is a well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. It was an ancient city among the tourist destinations Wawel Royal Castle, Basilica of St Francis, Collegium Maius, Kazimierz, St. Mary’s Basilica, and Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Most importantly, it is the second-largest city in Poland. Indeed, I would say it is really happening. As I was engaging with some locals, I met a fantastic kid. And his passion was trekking. And to specify, the youngsters in Krakow, including the whole of Poland, were good at football. With that country as inspiration, we taught them cricket, the major highlight of Sri Lankan sports and most popular in Sri Lanka. Also my favourite.

I have to say this journey to spend six weeks in a foreign land was initially challenging. But the presence of my best friend Malaka made it bearable and memorable. And he, too, joined this experience. Two of us wanted to travel as much as we could and gain a lot of experience.

During the second week of the exchange, we went to Budapest. It is the capital of Hungary. The name “Budapest” itself comes with the geographical aspect. I was lucky enough to visit it and get an idea of the fantastic diversity in different countries. The river Danube divides this city, Budapest. The Chain Bridge built during the 19th century connects the hill area called Buda with the flat land called Pest. Thus, this city is collectively known as Budapest.

It’s a blessing to have an even-minded friend.

It’s a blessing to have an even-minded friend.

Moreover, Budapest is well known for its adventurous activities. So, you may see along the roads there are places made for axe tossing, and people are gathered around it. And Buda Castle, the Hungarian parliamentary building, Margaret Island, Dohany Street Synagogue, Gellert Hill, and St. Stephens’s Basilica are some of the many attractions.

After spending a few days in Hungary with some other friends, we headed towards Vienna, the capital of Austria. It is situated on the other part of the river Danube. Most probably, as we got to know, Austria is a land of intellectuals. Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud are residents of Austria. The Vienna architecture was outstanding as they had enormous castles with minute inscriptions. And glass played a significant part in construction materials.

It’s never impossible to have fun in the rain.

It’s never impossible to have fun in the rain.

In the coming week, we returned to Klodzko, another city in the southwestern region of Poland. It was situated in the valley of the Eastern Neisse River of Lower Silesia. Since those days were rainy and gloomy, I would hardly name them as good. Yet, we enjoyed our best. Above all, I met many new people during these journeys and made good friendships. Among them, Joanna and Anita were unforgettable characters. And they made my trips more lovely and amusing.

 

My next destination was my dream city Amsterdam. It is the capital of the Netherlands. It is more or less an artistic heritage, with an elaborate canal system and narrow houses. Getting a chance to visit the Netherlands was one of my dreams come true. It was a chance to tick off one of my bucket lists. As a person who loves travelling, I won’t ever forget the event I got to wander through these magnificent cities in the heart of Europe.

And then to the dream city Amsterdam. Yeah, you all know that it is all about fun when it comes to Amsterdam. As a person who loves travelling, I got the opportunity to wander through beautiful cities in the heart of Europe.

In conclusion, don’t wait. Just join AIESEC in the University of Kelaniya. Drag the opportunity and explore the world.

 

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Lifestyle

Benefits of team training

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. – Margaret Mead

The modernised world has been approaching the method of team training. It is one of the best ways to improve several skills of human beings. There are many benefits of team training.

Team work

Team training

What is team training?

It is a team of individuals getting together to enhance their procedural knowledge. At the same time, it increases the proficiency in doing a task while functioning as a part of a team.

The small number of people called a group should share a common goal, purpose and commit to the team to approach the success.

Importance of team training

It is essential in various ways. Mainly, it helps attract new members and helps to elevate the existing teams. Moreover, it creates a positive working environment, helping boost individual and organisational performance.

Working as a team

Working as a team

Benefits of team training

Several benefits come out as the results of team training.

One benefit that develops through team training is that it helps build new relationships with the team members.       

The developed relationships create a social network that enables everyone to engage the taskwork with shared standards and quality expectations with a success oriented goal. At the same time, building new relationships allows workers to practice applying soft skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, communication, problem-solving skills, and flexibility.

Team training

Enthusiastic Team

In addition, it creates an enjoyable atmosphere around the workplace. An enthusiastic team would be the energy for success.

Increasing productivity also can be mentioned as a benefit of team training. It can define as one of the outcomes of building new relationships. Communication skills would lead to a team that works more efficiently and actively. Inquiries and discussions also enhance the team knowledge while increasing the productivity of the growth of the taskwork.

Growth of the task work

Growth of the task work

Furthermore, team training cultivates confidence. It also generates good motives inside oneself, such as feeling valued, which is more likely to have high job satisfaction. While gaining new skills and knowledge, the motivation and the confidence helps to stand up as a worthwhile individual in society.

While nourishing the individual’s personalities and job performance, team training also advances the growth of the company, institute, or the organisation, because it directly affects the future of the company, institute, or the organisation.

Bringing up the rear, team training encourages beneficial team dynamics and ensures team member has access to the same professional growth opportunities.

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Event, Leadership, Membership, National News

Natcon 2022: AIESEC Sri Lanka’s Largest National Conference

AIESEC Sri Lanka conducted the Largest National Youth Leadership Development Conference of the Year.

As AIESEC, we are determined to develop young people. To make this happen, AIESEC  Sri Lanka successfully conducted NATCON’22, the largest national youth leadership development conference at Citrus Waskaduwa on the 8th,9th, and 10th of April. The 3 day conference laid the foundation for the newly elected leadership bodies of AIESEC Sri Lanka to prepare for the upcoming year, hence this was a critical phase in the AIESEC calendar. Thereby, with a whole new dimension and understanding of the sort of leadership the world needs, the conference was bound to be one of epic proportions. 

 

The conference was conducted with the engagement 260 delegates from the leading universities of Sri Lanka including University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Ruhuna, University of Peradeniya, SLIIT and NSBM. The young leaders who participated in the conference were university undergraduates seeking leadership development, skill development and career prospects and senior undergraduates who are looking towards employability perspectives. Meeting all of these remarkable individuals under one roof was undoubtedly a unique opportunity for an organization. 

To make sure that the delegates become impactful leaders, a series of experiential sessions were organized. The sessions focused on leadership development with national facilitators, chaired by Piumal Tennakoon, former Member Committee President of AIESEC in Lithuania and former Member Committee Vice President of AIESEC Sri Lanka. The sessions included LEAD spaces, Activating Leadership Functional/exchange simulation, Lead Innovate Evolve: The present context and way forward for AIESEC Sri Lanka, space to interact with other delegates and networking spaces with mentors to enhance their potential skills while engaging in several leadership-centric spaces over the three-day event schedule. 

Among the highlights of the event was the Outbound Training which enhanced the performance and teamwork of the delegates through use of experiential learning activities and games. 

Gala Night

The conference’s most glamorous night, with dynamic  awards, gratitude, shoutouts, The Gala Night, the Awarding ceremony of AIESEC Sri Lanka for the membership was held where the tremendous performances and dedication of the members of AIESEC were rewarded with the utmost aim of encouraging them to be the future advocates of change. AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura won the The Most Outstanding Local Committee Award while AIESEC in University of Ruhuna won the The Most Outstanding Official Expansion Award. Apoorva Ekanayake was rewarded as The Best Young Leader and Gayashi Kavindi as The Best Emerging Young Leader. 

Our Partners

NatCon 2022  was delivered successfully in strict accordance with health and safety requirements exceeding the planned outcomes as well. It would not have been successful without the support given by our partners including

Stax – Exclusive title partner, Technomedics International (Pvt) Ltd, –  exclusive healthcare partner, SOZO – beverage partner for gala night and outbound training, Unilever – national talent partner, Innovate –  exclusive youth partner and Nestlé – official beverage partner.

Hello TV and Hello Radio – exclusive media partner, Mark &Comm – PR partner also helped us to bring Natcon 2022 to perfection.

The impact made via the conference was incredible, which in fact shows the enthusiasm of the Sri Lankan youth in contributing towards the betterment of the country. The enormous favorable response from both the AIESEC Sri Lanka membership and the external partners engaged attests to the event’s success, which was held on an even larger scale than prior years in terms of its importance in developing youth leaders. NatCon 2022 which was organized by AIESEC Sri Lanka made a  huge impact showcasing the potential of our youth and affirming the fact that the youth in our country can be utilized  in uplifting the nation in a sustainable manner. 

Await the launch of the Official Photo Album and After movie on our social media platforms! 

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Lifestyle

How to defeat distractions in times of crisis ?

“Say ‘no’ to distraction to say ‘yes’ to your destiny.”

                                                                        -Thema Davis.

Contemporarily all of us go through various crises due to many unavoidable reasons. The worsening of the problem we face tends to get us distracted. And it ultimately takes a long time to solve and come out of the crisis. 

In case of a crisis, it is essential to stay calm and optimistic. And we should practice integrative awareness: being aware of the changing reality in the outside world and how they respond emotionally and physically. This intentional practise tends to shift from viewing challenges as roadblocks to seeing them as problems to be solved and even learn from defeating distractions from the crisis. (Brassey, Brassey, & Kruyt, How to demonstrate calm and optimism in a situation, 2020)

How to defeat distractions in times of crisis?

 Deliberate calm

This means practising a calm state of mind in case of crisis. Compassion and acceptance for ourselves and others are essential ingredients for being deliberately calm. It is all about letting up on self-criticism or perfectionism. And to be able to connect with core intentions and purpose.

Bounded optimism

Optimism that comes from authentic values and trust in people’s capabilities is the source of energy for everyone to move forward. By contrast, optimism without meaning or grounding may cause disappointment and defeat.

Optimistic person

Optimistic person

Putting integrative awareness into practice

Captain Chesley Sullenberger introduced the process of integrative awareness when he landed his commercial plane on the Hudson River in 2009. Accordingly, practising internal awareness helps catch early distress, doubt, or fear signals without acting out a stress response. This is especially critical in times of crisis. While we can never be purely objective, we can try to reach that state as much as possible. In the absence of objective awareness, signals of distress can trigger “survival” behaviour. Also, we lose the tendency to pause, reflect, and decide. 

According to Jacqueline Brassey and Michiel Kruyt, there are six main steps to developing integrative awareness.

Adapt your personal operating model

We can prepare operating models focusing on the areas of our priorities, roles, time, and energy that are elements of how you operate daily. This operating model can act as your compass, especially in a crisis expected to last for some time. Moreover, this helps to identify whether our personal operating model aligns with the changes in our work life right now and our “non-negotiable” in this model. For example, sufficient sleep, regular exercise, meditation practice, and healthy food.

A man with intentions

A man with intentions

Set your intention

Further, we can spend a few minutes at the start of the day to go through our plan, identify high-stakes topics, and intend what we want to accomplish and how we want the experience to unfold. This enables us to predict “emotional hot spots” and provides a bulwark against reactive thinking.

 

Regulate your actions

While in a stressful situation during the day, we must observe our emotions to recognise the stress response, taking a pause to assess the problem, and engage our “rational mind” before choosing how to respond.

Practice reflection

Reflection is a way to process what happened during the day and create a space to listen to our inner mind and body. Reflection helps us with the big picture and our reactive behaviour and its drivers. People have many ways to reflect. Some use meditation, and some reflect while running or walking the dog. The significance is that we make it a regular planned practice.

Practicing self reflection

Practising self-reflection

Reframe your perspective

When detailed scenario planning is not an option, we should choose to take a flexible perspective: which also can be known as integrative awareness in action. We should make time to revisit decisions regularly, with an open, curious, and learning mindset, building on fresh information coming in and at different stages in the crisis.

Manage your energy

One of the most challenging things to do in times of crisis is to balance work needs with our physical well-being. In a crisis atmosphere, we need recovery time. It is necessary to engage in micro-practices that support healthy recoveries. Examples are meditation, breathing exercises, cardio sports activities, and power naps.

Let’s defeat the distraction in times of crisis by correctly practising the steps mentioned above.

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