Skills Most Sought After by Employers
You must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.
artation works with the competencies of teamwork in the following ways:
- Analytical/Research Skills. Deals with your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
Art-based activities can be used strategically to create safety, build trust, find shared values and shift perceptions. Combining right-brain imagination with left-brain logic and analysis increases the capacity for breakthrough ideas and insights that lead to success. In the artation task the teams communicate to assess the situation, gather the necessary information by listening and discussing so as to address the key issues of the task.
Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness. There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than diversity, and workers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.
Art is powerful in its simplicity; it can convey ideas across classes and cultures due to its lack of reliance on verbal or written language. This makes it one of the most powerful tools of communication. We use multi-cultural images and symbols to incorporate any cultural representations. Depending on the cultural mix of your team we use imagery which reflects particular cultures.
Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization.
To work successfully participants need to communicate within their team to plan and delegate tasks. They need to communicate with members of other teams to achieve the common goal of creating a cohesive art work that all fits together.
Decision-making and problem solving
Decisions have to be made within the group about job delegation, work structure, planning and colour choice to ensure the group work together cohesively to create the desired finished product which fits effectively with other teams’ work.
- Communication Skills (listening, verbal, written).
Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
To work well in the small group participants need to listen to the instructions and outline of the job. They need to communicate, both orally and aurally to ensure they all understand and agree to the job. They will also need to confer with other small groups to ensure all the components of the art work fit together.
- Interpersonal Abilities (Collaboration) The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day.
In our creative art sessions the only way the image will be successful and fit coherently into the larger picture is if the groups communicate and collaborate on the task. Participants will be teamed with others they don’t usually work with so they need to relate well and inspire each other. They need to bond quickly and encourage each other to attain success. artation sessions are not about competition, they are all about collaboration for success.
- Leadership/Management Skills. While there is some debate about whether leadership is something people are born with, these skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage your co-workers.
At an artation session working in small teams the leader of the team will not necessarily be the usual “at work“ leaders. A junior worker with understanding of the task, because of prior learning, may be the leader in this instance and manage their team mates to success.
- Planning/Organizing. Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted time frame. Also involves goal-setting.
The goal of art activities presented by artation is to use communication and collaboration in teams so the work created by the small teams is successful. The next step is that it fits in with the other teams’ work to create one whole big picture.
- Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity. Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.
artation poses a task in which problems need to be solved. Using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources, the participants will successfully accomplish the task.