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Soft Skills Training

Thinka’s Soft Skills Training is focussed on developing human skills in executives, leaders and teams around Australia.

We partner with organisations on professional development to deliver soft skills training programs in person or virtually. Thinka specialises in the development of ‘human skills’ – the group of ‘soft skills’ that improves capability in core skills like communication, adaptability and conflict resolution. As part of a human skills workshop, participants walk away with useful strategies, tools and templates to help with on-the-job application.

The benefits of soft skills training include enhanced leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and communication skills – these are the key enablers of a thriving work environment. Soft skills are complementary to hard skills and technical skills and help to round out the performance of teams, leaders and executives. Soft skills development is the edge organisations need for the future of work, as we start to automate more manual processes and place greater value on human skills, like effective communication.

Here is a list of important soft skills that organisations in Melbourne, Sydney and around Australia are already experiencing. Organisations that have recognised skills gaps and are committed to growing new skills in their employees to improve soft skill competencies and encourage employee engagement and retention.

Workshops we offer

Skills for executives

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Advance Diversity

The goal of this workshop is to collaborate with executive leaders on practical ways to embed diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation.

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Encourage Innovation

The goal of this workshop is to look at the types of innovation relevant to the organisation and identify the key behaviours required to activate an innovation culture.

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Embed Strengths

The goal of this workshop is to support executive leaders on embedding a Clifton-Strengths approach throughout the organisation.

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Empower Culture

The goal of this program is for executive leaders to identify values. key behaviours and initiatives to empower organisational culture.

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Craft Strategy

The goal of this workshop is help executive leaders think critically about organisational priorities and design a robust strategy.

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Inspire Vision

The goal of this workshop is to understand how to communicate an organisational vision in a compelling way with a focus on rich storytelling.

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Navigate Ambiguity

The goal of this workshop is to collaborate with the executive team on agile and adaptable ways of working that respond to a complex and uncertain world.

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Realise Purpose

The goal of this workshop is to work with the executive team on articulating the organisation’s purpose and identify ways to bring this purpose to life.

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Elevate Results

The goal of this workshop is to critically examine organisational performance and identify priority areas for capability uplift in leaders and teams.

Skills for leaders

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Apply Coaching

The goal of this workshop is to teach leaders how to structure a coaching conversation and develop people skills that can be adapted for different needs.

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Deliver Feedback

The goal of this workshop is to support leaders to give specific feedback focussed on getting the behaviour change needed for improved performance.

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Foster Inclusion

The goal of this workshop is to demonstrate what inclusion looks like so leaders can focus on cultivating behaviours to promote belonging and teamwork.

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Lift Motivation

The goal of this workshop is to identify how to extrinsically and intrinsically motivate team members to achieve higher levels of performance.

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Boost Assertiveness

The goal of this workshop is to understand assertiveness as the ability to seek the ‘win-win’ and step into difficult conversations to unblock challenges.

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Resolve Conflict

The goal of this workshop is to understand how to identify the root of conflict and find healthy, constructive ways to bring issues to light for better conflict management.

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Drive Accountability

The goal of this workshop is to identify key traits of an accountable leader and show the impact of not holding people accountable to behaviours and outcomes.

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Generate Influence

The goal of this workshop is to look at both hard and soft tactics for influencing so that leaders understand how to use specific styles to move others to action and achieve outcomes.

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Win Negotiations

The goal of this workshop is to identify how leaders can enter into negotiations with a constructive, ‘win-win’ mindset – with a focus on active listening and collaboration.

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Improve Delegation

The goal of this workshop is to develop key skills for delegating successfully. Leaders learn the value of briefing, follow-up and feedback for better project management.

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Enable Strengths

The goal of this workshop is for leaders to understand the Clifton-Strengths profiles of their team members in order to create ‘powerful partnerships’.

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Be Authentic

The goal of this workshop is to help leaders understand ‘authentic leadership’ and the value of self-awareness, reflective practice and learning from mistakes.

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Celebrate Recognition

The goal of this workshop is for leaders to identify each team member’s unique value and contribution and find healthy ways to recognise and reward them.

Skills for teams

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Master Communication

The goal of this workshop is to understand how positive verbal communication and body language contribute to healthier, more constructive work relationships.

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Land Presentations

The goal of this workshop is to help team members identify their ‘key speaker persona’ and learn how to manage nerves to deliver high quality presentations.

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Manage Time

The goal of this workshop is to help team members with time management skills and strategies for regulating energy to achieve maximum levels of productivity.

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Build Resilience

The goal of this workshop is for team members to see the core traits of resilience and design strategies to step into challenges and recover from setbacks.

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Enhance Collaboration

The goal of this workshop is to offer teams practical tips and strategies for healthy, collaborative interactions that are inclusive of all voices.

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Flip Mindset

The goal of this workshop is to teach team members the difference between growth and fixed mindsets, so they can enhance their thinking skills and reframe negative bias.

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Set Priorities

The goal of this workshop is to work with team members on the key skills related to prioritisation so they can identify urgent, important or wasteful tasks.

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Create Habits

The goal of this workshop is to teach team members the value of working on small habits over time for behaviour change, and how they can put this system in place.

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Solve Problems

The goal of this workshop is to give team members a framework for problem solving, so they can identify problems correctly and come up with feasible solutions.

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Become Adaptable

The goal of this workshop is to give team members tips and strategies for adaptability and critical thinking so they can manage complexity in the workplace.

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Stimulate Creativity

The goal of this workshop is to show team members that everyone can be creative and explore collaborative frameworks for sharing fresh ideas and thinking.

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Regulate Self

The goal of this workshop is to help team members identify strategies for emotional intelligence to grow self-awareness and maintain healthy relationships.

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Practice Mindfulness

The goal of this program is to teach team members the value of mindfulness for better performance and give them simple exercises to apply on the job.

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Understand Strengths

The goal of this workshop is to help team members understand the results of their Clifton-Strengths diagnostic, so they can identify their strongest areas.

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Promote Empathy

The goal of this workshop is to explain perspective taking and non-judgement, so team members can appreciate different people and points of view.

Organisations can also combine workshops into a program to build deeper human skills capability.

If you’re not sure what human skills your team needs most, you can complete our capability analysis survey to get instant feedback on what your team’s biggest development opportunities are.

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