What We Do
Effective communication skills and sound leadership competencies have never been more important for individual success and productivity in a dynamic work environment. However, many people never get a chance to receive quality instruction and targeted feedback about the communication flaws or leadership deficiencies that are holding them back. Custom, high-quality training is expensive. People from low socioeconomic backgrounds and the nonprofit organizations that serve them are often unable to afford high-quality, customized training. And yet, there is no doubt that targeted instruction can lead to big gains for people who want—and need—a leg up.
Critical Skills Nonprofit fills this gap by providing, at no cost, communication and leadership skills training through workshops, classes, and individual consultation for underserved populations throughout the nation.
Getting your point across is fundamental to professional success and personal happiness. In the digital era, effective communication is complicated by a constant volley of messages competing for scarce—and often distracted—attention. Effective communication at work and meaningful conversations at home are more challenging but no less important than they were before digital devices came on the scene.
Communication skills have always exerted a profound influence on people’s professional achievement and their personal happiness. It is through effective communication that we create, shape, and relate to our world. People have always made mistakes and had communication deficiencies, but today, in the digital era, communication deficiencies and errors are amplified, magnified, compounded like never before. Minor communication deficiencies are now major impediments and there is no safe place for a communication weakness to hide. Everyone must upgrade their communication skills, or suffer incresingly negative consequences.
A successful civil society requires competent leaders at all levels. It is not enough for only people at senior levels to possess leadership skills. The strength of a resilient, dynamic society demands a proliferation of leaders across the spectrum.
Effective leaders rely on many different competencies to be successful. Leaders must know how to motivate, how to manage stress and anxiety, how to facilitate change, how to reduce dysfunctional conflict, how to build functional teams, and so on. Leaders don’t have to know everything, but a leader without core leadership competencies will soon be without followers.
Furthermore, good leaders constantly nurture and develop other leaders, ensuring that society will have the leadership capacity needed to confidently grapple with present challenges and a stable of future leaders for challenges yet to come. Healthy societies encourage the development of essential leadership competencies at all socioeconomic levels.