This is the latest of the blogs written for KCO Blog series (2nd Phase). This blog is written by Syed Asim Habib, Senior Manager HR & Consulting. Please read this blog and provide us your valued comments.

Soft Skills (Few Essentials)

Good Appearance and Personal Image

We know that first impression counts. It may determine if you will get the job or who will be your friends. Your appearance says a lot about you. It’s the first thing people see. We may not like it but we all draw conclusions from others appearance. It gives us a glimpse on a person’s way of life.

If you are well-groomed others will conclude that you have self-respect and respect for others and will be incline to listen to what you have to say. Today fashion is big thing. We aren’t talking about expensive clothing or extravagant styles. Actually this may attract the wrong crowed. We are talking about wearing the right thing for the right occasion.

Good posture conveys a sense of dignity and optimism or it can give a different or apologetic appearance.


A simple definition of a person’s self-image is their answer to this question – “What do you believe people think about you?”. It is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others.

Types of Knowledge Management Initiatives

There are two types of cultural knowledge — explicit and tacit. Explicit knowledge is a broad knowledge, which can be formalized easily. It encompasses what an organization or individual already knows, and can be communicated with relative simplicity. For example, it is common knowledge that if an individual goes outside in the rain without an umbrella, he will get wet. Tacit knowledge is knowledge held usually by an individual and results from his or her experiences. The holder of the tacit knowledge is the “expert” on that subject matter. Oftentimes, this knowledge is transferred to others through word-of-mouth advice or other informal processes. Knowledge management infrastructures work to capture tacit information and translate that information into a stored resource for future use, eliminating second-time mistakes, avoiding redundant efforts, or to merely capture key corporate information an individual employee holds on suppliers, customers, or competitors.

Positive Values

Values are beliefs and attitudes about the way things should be. Values are like an integrated compass, they help point the way to thinking and acting appropriately. They involve what is important to us. We attach values to all some of things such a politics, religion, money, education, helping others, family, friends, career, cheating, self-respect and so on.

Elements of Positive Values

Search Institute has identified six positive values that are central to healthy development: caring, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and restraint.

Caring – Feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others.

Equality and social justice – Equality and social justice include racial and ethnic equality, reducing hunger and poverty, promoting political liberty, and freedom of thought. generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being

Integrity– Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that it regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs

Honesty– Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft

Responsibility– A duty or obligation to satisfactorily perform or complete a task (assigned by someone, or created by one’s own promise or circumstances) that one must fulfill, and which has a consequent penalty for failure.

Restraint– the ability to control or moderate one’s impulses, passions, etc.

Syed Asim Habib