People Skills for Web Workers

by Jonathan Kahn

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  1. Wonderful article! Having both technical and people skills is seen as a rare combination, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In regards to those who are scared of change, and adaptation—if you’re dealing with developers/coders I find that it is also helpful to couch everything as a problem rather than a challenge. Developers are problem solvers, so finding a way to make every difference a study in problem solving engages their creative sense. Instead of ‘we should use a different tool’, say ‘let’s take an hour and try building something simple with both tools, and figure out which will be better in this case’. Instead of ‘you didn’t give attention to the interface, it’s terrible’, say ‘nice job on the code. let’s watch someone use the interface and figure out if there are any small adjustments that can be made to improve user performance.’ Make everything a problem to solve, and you’ll find that most developers suddenly become more open-minded.
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  2. Very interesting. A lot of this seems to be common sense, but even so, is very hard to implement on-the-spot.
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  3. Great concepts here. The internet in general is just a tool to facilitate communication. What is often forgotten is that how we as humans react to that communication is not affected by the means by which it reaches us. I’ve read that over 90% of our communication is perceived by the method in which messages are communicated; it could very well be that effective, productive communication online is that much more difficult because so much more focus is placed on the content of our message - something we have grown very unaccustomed to as society has evolved.
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  4. Really brilliant. I’ve read it once and it will again. Sometimes you think that your frustrations, fears and hopes are only yours, while you see other developers (or colleagues, in general) working with confidence. I guess most of us weren’t the Soccer Team Captain back in school. :D
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  5. Insightful! I often feel like I question my own people skills and I love the recommended reading you linked here, but even more your connection to specifically being in the web industry. I’d be interested to hear if you or anyone else has further recommended reading!
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  6. Hi Ericka! I’d also be interested to hear people’s recommended further reading. I organise a conference about people skills called #dareconf. So perhaps some further viewing (rather than reading) might be the videos of past talks.
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  7. Thoughtfull article, people skills are very important if you want to succeed, and to be honest it’s a hard task these days. Thank you!
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  8. Technical skills are required to satisfy a demanding market but including it people skills are also essential. People skills are nothing but just some of the rules in which we justify our queries and we try to understand ourselves. People skills include both the social skills and the psychological abilities. Web developers can build applications or software but what if there is always a negative feel regarding what might happen if they won’t accept so here the role of people skills come when you have to think in a positive scenario. One’s skills can lead way to a bright tomorrow.
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  9. Technical skills are required for us, i am with deep feelings,because of i am confused in the SEO for the Google ranking for my online business website http://www.replicabagsshoes.com/.
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  10. Social skills are everything! I started teaching myself to code April 1, 2014 after switching careers from being a truck driver. If you can’t be an effective communicator then you will have a really hard time in any industry. This coming from a guy that was in one of the most anti social industries out there.
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  11. Great article!It is really nice to know that there are others dealing with similar situations, I am not alone. Having people skills as well as technical skills is an awesome combination.We should all work at it! Read more about my website here: http://hubabo.com I teach individuals how to build an online business working from home
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  12. Best article I’ve ever read on conflict & collaboration. Thank you, Jonathan. What stood out to me was “Change only happens when individuals choose to lead”. I realize the need to stop complaining about “culture” (which is blaming others as you pointed out), and to simply lead in one small area.
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