“Soft skills” is a term that gets thrown around quite often these days. It is one that most people have come to understand. Soft skills encompass “ interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills” which are necessary for working effectively in teams and independently (Hypolite, 2020). Soft skills have been increasingly highlighted by employers as the most essential skills that they look for in new hires. However, while most people now grasp the importance of these skills, what they may not understand is how to improve them. Here at the USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking, we are committed to helping others learn and develop the five core soft skills which our research has shown are most valuable to employers and employees. (Adaptability, Cultural Competency, Empathy, Intellectual Curiosity, 360 Degree Thinking). While we love sharing our knowledge with students of all ages who are eager to grow their soft skills, we also want to teach our model to educators so that our efforts to prepare youth for success in all of their future endeavors may be compounded. Dr. Liane Hypolite, a research fellow at the Center, recently published a paper where she discusses how Third Space Thinking offers a useful paradigm […]
We wanted to take the time to congratulate our Research Fellow Alison Horstmeyer on her first peer-reviewed journal article on USC Center for Third Space Thinking’s attribute, Intellectual Curiosity.
Congratulations to Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert! She has been named 2018 Nike Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, University of Southern California’s Track & Field women’s program won the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Coach Smith Gilbert has been one of the most popular featured speakers at our Third Space Leadership Development Boot Camps where she discusses the importance of adaptability both on and off the field.
Los Angeles – On November 8, 2018 The USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking hosted a rigorous one-day boot camp for business executives to master the critical soft skills needed in the workplace. We’re excited to share with you a few highlights from our Third Space Boot Camp! Participants came from a variety of organizations including Viacom, Herbalife Nutrition, Los Angeles Tourism Board, Alibaba Pictures, Anthem Blue Cross, LA County Office of Education, USC Athletics and more!