Use generative AI prompts to build a team's soft skills

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Winning leadership advice from Super Bowl coaches
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Leaders can learn a lot by looking at the success and techniques of the two coaches going head to head in the Super Bowl this weekend, writes Kevin Eikenberry. Kyle Shanahan, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, coaches his team where they are, regardless of talent or fame, and Kansas City Chief head coach Andy Reid builds trust by soliciting and listening to feedback and then taking needed action to address concerns, Eikenberry writes.
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Put it into practice: Neither Reid nor Shanahan was a star on their college teams, but both worked hard to learn all they could about the game to advance through the ranks into their coaching spots, Eikenberry writes. That means leaders should watch their team "for desire and talent, not just ego when looking to promote people," Eikenberry notes.
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Use generative AI prompts to build a team's soft skills
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Using prompts from generative AI can help your team boost soft skills such as creative thinking, empathy, active listening and resilience, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni, who offers examples such as, "What can I do today to let others know I empathize and actively listen to them?" "Prompts like these generate responses that -- while not always perfect -- offer a low-cost, scalable way for employees to own their learning and keep key concepts top-of-mind until they become second nature," Winkle Giulioni notes.
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Put it into practice: Team members will need a baseline understanding of soft skills -- what they are and how best to use them in their job -- before generating specific prompts to explore them more deeply, Winkle Giulioni notes. This tech-supported approach "expands the reach of busy leaders, and an employee's self-directed efforts enrich the quality of coaching conversations," writes Winkle Giulioni.
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Kevin Eikenberry says there are three types of people in the world -- especially when it comes to football: those "who can't wait for the Big Game, those who can't wait for it to be over (no more football for a while!), and those who just don't care." I propose a fourth column for those like myself: the mildly interested who may or may not watch but are really in it for the commercials and the half-time show. Like the best leaders, I'm pulling for everyone to win in some fashion (even losing holds winning lessons, right?).

Wherever you fall within that spectrum, I hope your team wins!

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