Here are the traits Google looks for. The number one attribute is cognitive ability – the ability to pull together different pieces of information and process on the fly. The second attribute is leadership. Not in the ‘I was president of such and such club’ or ‘I was vp of sales’ way, but rather, when you’re a member of a team can you step in and lead at the right time and equally important…can you step back and stop leading. Humility and ownership are next on the list – do you feel a sense of responsibility to step in and do you have the humility “to step back and embrace the better ideas of others”. Finally, the fifth and least important attribute they look for is expertise – it’s important to be knowledgeable in your content. That said, usually it’s the non-expert with the first four attributes who brings the totally new perspective to the same old problem.
No matter where you go in the work force there seems to be a handful of soft skills that are essential to success –leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability, and loving to learn. The question becomes how do we effectively train teachers to bring this work environment into all the classrooms across our country.
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