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Soft skills and hard hats

1.3% of the world’s GDP. This equates to $1.6 trillion of potential value, enough to meet half of the world’s infrastructure needs.

The concept of “soft skills” is hardly new. In 1959, the US Army created regulations called “Systems Engineering of Training” (CON Reg 350-100-1) to train officers in skills that involve little to no interaction with machines. Following this, in 1974 Dr. Paul G. Whitmore and John P. Fry co-authored a fascinating report called “What are Soft Skills?” They assessed thirty-five common officer job functions; I will focus on three that were considered very emergent at the time of the report.

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