Have you been told the way you relate to other people in the workplace will get in the way of your advancement?
Are you excellent at the specialized skills of your profession but cringe when you have to deal with the social requirements?
Maybe you don’t see the problem, but have been given enough feedback to understand that other people think something needs to change.
Many high-level professionals (engineers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, dentists) require extensive skill sets and, in some cases, a lot of education. For many of these professions, being excellent at the nuts-and-bolts of your job will lead to initial success, advancement, and opportunities.
However, after a while, the skills that made you successful initially are no longer enough.
Eventually, you may feel like you just can’t move forward (or ‘up and to the right,’ in corporate parlance). When you try to learn what you need to do to move up, you might get feedback that uses terms like ‘soft skills’ or ‘communication.’