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How’s Your Core?

Blog | Life and Leadership   |   July 31, 2015

by Sherman Tan

Non-technical skills, Core Skills are also often referred to as emotional intelligence, relational skills, interpersonal skills, or self-management. These skills may be more difficult to measure but are foundational for successful workplace performance and career growth.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to assess your core skills:

1. Would you say that people feel good being around you?

2. Do you react positively in most situations? 

3. Would you say that you have good relationships with your team at work?

4. When there is conflict or tension at work are you able to resolve it in a manner that honors and respects all involved?

5. In high-stress situations are you able to keep your cool?

One way to assess your core skills is to think about whether people are energized by your presence, or drained by it. We all want to be positive people, calm and deliberate in high-stress situations. In our core skills training, we focus on the mindset and heartset that allow us to become people who are healthy on the inside, healthy in their core. That can influence how a person handles situations and relates with his or her team at work, how each person can be energy-givers and not energy-takers.


Core skills are essential for us to be well-rounded workers, increase employability, leadership skills, and empower ourselves to do better.


Our Vice President of Training, Eddie, says it well: “Technical skills are constantly sought out by learners, but taking a break to take stock of our core skills is a breath of fresh air, especially to those who are weary and stressed out, as well as to those who are feeling stagnant in their career. Core skills are extremely valuable because we deal with people almost every minute of our work day.”

If you answered “no” to some of the five questions above, there are a lot of ways you can work on your core skills, such as reading up on Emotional Intelligence, or taking courses and workshops for experience-based learning.

In a recent core skills training program ROHEI conducted for a well-known global retail brand, one of the participants apologized openly to his colleagues for always raising his voice at them. ROHEI’s core skills trainings emphasize that people are more important than process, and through the various experiences in the course, start to realize that relationships are important. They realize that people matter; many initiate reconciliation with each other and ask for forgiveness.

Core skills are essential to keep growing into the leaders, supervisors, or managers we want to be. In times when we find ourselves stuck or burned out, assessing our core skills is a great way to get refreshed and recharged. Building your core skills can boost your work performance, deepen your understanding of life, business, relationships, and transform how you use your gifts and talents.

Sherman is a Senior Consultant at ROHEI. 

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