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We’re in an age where automation and AI promise to transform the workplace. Yet, some of the most in-demand skills today are distinctly human strengths like: self-awareness and creative thinking.

In fact, according to a recent Harvard study, 85% of job success comes from having well-developed people and soft skills.* 

That’s why it’s essential to cultivate H.E.A.R.T. proficiencies - the Human skills, Emotional intelligence, Adaptability, Relationship abilities, and Creative Thinking – that will future-proof your career.

Below are six H.E.A.R.T. skills you need to thrive as technologies continuously advance, and you can continue cultivating them to become a linchpin in any organization:

Effective Communication

Mastering the art of articulating your thoughts is key in forming seamless connections with peers, mentors, and future colleagues. Communication isn’t just speaking; it’s also about active listening and fostering a two-way street of dialogue and understanding. 

So, refine your communication skills in interactive settings like discussions and presentations, and intentionally engage in active listening to form genuine connections and mutual trust with others. 

Remember, it’s through meaningful conversations that we build relationships and create impact!


Cooperating successfully in diverse teams drives innovation today. It’s what many employers mean when they indicate they’re looking for a “team player.” 

To cultivate your collaboration skills, seek group projects and volunteer programs focused on relationship-building. 


Understanding your own strengths, areas of improvement, working styles, and values helps you build stronger relationships and optimizes your performance. 

Personal development books, mentoring relationships, and personality assessments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DiSC Profile, and Gallup’s StrengthsFinders are great ways for you to understand yourself on a deeper level.

Cultural Competence

Embracing the diversity of many unique perspectives and actively challenging our unconscious biases opens the door to more innovative and effective solutions.

To foster cultural competence, do things like build relationships with individuals from various backgrounds and immerse yourself in diverse cultural experiences and communities. Keep an open mind to different worldviews, regularly reflect to recognize and address your cultural biases, and remain committed to ongoing learning and understanding of our diverse world.

Creative Thinking

Embracing ingenuity and innovative thinking isn’t just for artists—it’s a universal tool to approach problems with a fresh perspective and discover unique solutions. 

Exercise your creativity by delving into creative writing, visual arts, or design thinking. Another way you build your creative thinking muscles is by letting your thoughts flow freely without immediate judgment. Carve out time to explore, dream, and imagine because the uncharted waters of your mind hold the treasures of groundbreaking ideas!

Embrace these facets of your humanity - they will be your superpowers in the age of AI.

By actively developing a blend of technical expertise and human strengths, you’ll position yourself for the most rewarding opportunities as technologies continue to disrupt the workplace. 

Don’t just prepare for the future, shape it. Dive into PROPEL’s courses like The Art of Storytelling and Discovering Your Professional Superpowers to unlock more of your potential and equip yourself with the skills that will help you thrive professionally.