Utilizing Life Orientations Method in Education to Develop Soft Skills and Organizational Development Among Graduating Students for Career Readiness


Values are the foundation of all our thinking and behavior. We grow up in a home that is characterized by values. No matter in what kind of traditional or modern form of family we grow up, we are shaped by it. In addition, peer groups “determine” what we consider important and what we are to think and do, and play an important role in shaping our values.With these values came Life Orientations Method (LIFO) where the leadership style of an individual is being applied in the workplace learning environment. LIFO Styles also describe behavioral preferences, not competencies. Participants are not labeled, judged, or limited by their survey results. Labeling someone with a personality type can become an excuse for substandard performance.In LIFO Training, differences in behavior are described quantitatively, not qualitatively. There is no reference to good or bad, right or wrong, strong or weak.Qualitative or categorical judgments often lead to op-positional thinking "my way" vs. "your way" which can promote conflict, impede teamwork, and make people less willing to change their behavior. The leadership styles are Supporting Giving, Controlling Taking, Adapting Dealing and Conserving Holding.Students who are graduating are encouraged to undergo LIFO training. Ten soft skills are identified: team building, interpersonal communication, leadership development, problem solving, change management, strategic planning, performance appraisal, time management, diversity training, and executive coaching.

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Jonathan Chiong, Jose Rizal University, The Philippines
Ana Belen Cuyugan, Jose Rizal University, The Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2018
Stream: Professional Concerns, Training and Development

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