Foundation Skills #CareerReady


The Foundation Skills
The Foundation Skills are the ones every worker needs. They are organized into four groups: Basic, People, Thinking, and Personal Qualities. They are marketable and transferable skills.

The 17 Foundation Skills are those required of all workers in the high-performance workplace of the 21st century. They are grouped into four clusters:


1. Identify relevant details, facts, and specification in what is being read;
2. Locate information in books and manuals, from graphs and schedules;
3. Find meaning of unknown or technical words and phrases;
4. Judge accuracy of reports; and
5. Use computer to find information.

1. Communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing;
2. Record information completely and accurately;
3. Create documents, including letters, manuals, reports and graphs;
4. Check, edit, and revise documents for correct information, appropriate emphasis, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and
5. Use computers to communicate information.

1. Use numbers, fractions, and percentages to solve practical problems;
2. Make reasonable estimates of arithmetic results without calculator;
3. Use tables, graphs, diagrams, and charts to obtain numerical information;
4. Use computers to enter, retrieve, change, and communicate numerical information; and
5. Use computers to communicate data, choosing the best form to present data (e.g., line or bar graph, pie charts).

1. Organize ideas and communicate oral messages appropriate to listener and situations;
2. Select appropriate language, tone or voice, gestures, and level of complexity appropriate to audience and occasion;
3. Speak clearly; ask questions when needed.

1. Listen carefully to what a person says, noting tone of voice and other body language to understand content and feelings being expressed; and
2. Respond in a way that shows understanding of what is said.


Creative Thinking:
1. Use imagination freely, combining ideas or information in new ways; and
2. Make connections between ideas that seem unrelated.

Problem-Solving Skills:
1. Recognize problem, a gap between what is and what should or could be;
2. Identify why it is a problem;
3. Create and implement a solution; and
4. Watch to see how well solution works and revise if needed.

Decision Making Skills:
1. Identify the goal desired in making the decision;
2. Generate alternatives for reaching the goal;
3. Gather information about the alternatives (e.g., from experts or books);
4. Weigh the pros and cons of each alternative (i.e., gains/losses to yourself and others, approval/disapproval or self and others);
5. Make the best choice; and
6. Plan how to carry out your choice and what you will do if negative consequences occur.

1. See a building or object by looking at a blueprint, drawing, or sketch; and
2. Imagine how a system works by looking at a schematic drawing.


1. Show understanding, friendliness, and respect for the feelings of others;
2. Assert oneself appropriately, stand up for yourself and your ideas in a firm, positive
way; and
3. Take an interest in what people say and why they think and act as they do.

1. Identify common goals among different parties in conflict and the ways they depend on each other;
2. Clearly present the facts and arguments of your own position;
3. Listen to and understand other party’s position; and
4. Create and propose possible options for resolving the conflict, making reasonable compromises.

1. Communicate thoughts and feelings to justify a position;
2. Encourage, persuade, or convince individuals or groups;
3. Make positive use of rules (e.g. “Robert’s Rules of Order”) or values of the organization;
4. Exhibit ability to have others believe in and trust you due to your competence and honesty.

1. Work cooperatively with others; contribute to the group with ideas and effort;
2. Do own share of tasks necessary to complete project;
3. Encourage team members by listening to them, providing support, and offering tips for success, as appropriate;
4. Resolve differences for the benefits of the team; and
5. Responsibly challenge existing procedures, policies, or authorities.

Cultural Diversity:
1. Work well with people having different ethnic, social, or educational backgrounds;
2. Understand the concerns of members of other ethic and gender groups;
3. Base impressions on a person’s behavior, not stereotypes;
4. Understand one’s own culture and those of others and how they differ; and
5. Respect the rights of others while helping them make cultural adjustments where necessary.


1. Understand how beliefs affect how a person feels and acts;
2. Listening to what you say to yourself to identify any irrational or harmful beliefs you may have; and
3. Understand how to change these negative beliefs when they occur.

1. Assess your own knowledge and skills accurately;
2. Set well-defined and realistic personal goals; and
3. Monitor your progress toward your goals.

1. Give a high level of effort toward reaching goals;
2. Work hard to become excellent at job tasks. Pay attention to details. Concentrate on doing tasks well, even unpleasant ones; and
3. Display high standards of attendance, honesty, energy, and optimism.

From Job Skills for the 21st Century: A Guide for Students Copyright © Oryx Press, 1996.



Winged Heart


Winged Heart: The Highly Sensitive Child

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a person having the innate trait of high sensory processing sensitivity (or innate sensitiveness as Carl Jung originally coined it). According to Elaine N. Aron and colleagues as well as other researchers, highly sensitive people, who comprise about a fifth of the population (equal numbers in men and women), may process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly due to a biological difference in their nervous systems. This is a specific trait, with key consequences for how we view people, that in the past has often been confused with innate shyness, social anxiety problems, inhibitedness, social phobia and innate fearfulness, and introversion (30% of those with the trait are extraverts). The trait is measured using the HSP Scale, which has been demonstrated to have both internal and external validity. Although the term is primarily used to describe humans, something similar to the trait is present in over 100 other species.


The term “highly sensitive person” (HSP) was coined by Dr. Elaine N. Aron in 1996, and the name is gaining popularity because it presents the trait in a positive light. It posits that shyness, inhibition, and fearfulness, terms often used to describe some HSPs, may or may not be acquired by them, depending entirely on environmental stressors. A number of books have been written on the topic using this term, mainly The Highly Sensitive Person , The Highly Sensitive Child, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, and The Highly Sensitive Person Workbook by Elaine Aron; The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion, and The Strong, Sensitive Boy by Ted Zeff, PhD.; and the memoir Help Is On Its Way by Jenna Forrest.


The attributes of HSPs can be remembered as DOES:
• Depth of processing.
• Over aroused (easily compared to others).
• Emotional reactivity and high empathy.
• Sensitivity to subtle stimuli.
HSP students work differently from others. They pick up on subtleties and may think about them a long time before demonstrating their grasp of a subject. If an HSP student is not contributing much to a discussion, it does not necessarily mean he or she does not understand or is too shy. HSPs often have insights they are afraid to reveal because they differ from the common view, or because speaking up is too over arousing for them. For ideas on teaching sensitive students, see The Temperament Perspective[ or the final pages of The Highly Sensitive Person.

HSPs are usually very conscientious, and gifted with great intelligence, intuition and imagination, but underperform when being evaluated. This also applies to work situations; HSPs can be great employees – good with details, thoughtful and loyal, but they do tend to work best when conditions are quiet and calm. Because HSPs perform less well when being watched, they may be overlooked for a promotion. HSPs tend to socialize less with others, often preferring to process experiences quietly by themselves. The ability to unconsciously or semi-consciously process environmental subtleties often contributes to an HSP seeming “gifted” or possessing a “sixth sense”.


• Become easily overwhelmed.
• Are cautious in new situations.
• Notice more (changes, subtleties, relationships, other’s people’s moods & expressions, etc.).
• Think more about what they have noticed.
• Have rich inner lives.
• Feel things intensely.
• Are unusually empathic.
• Are highly intuitive.
• Are conscientious.
• Are exceptionally creative.
• Are exceptionally cooperative and kind—except when overwhelmed.
• Are more likely to become fearful, shy, worried, or sad.
• May stand out as “different”.


The “Pause-to-Check System”

Highly sensitive persons have a very active “behavioral inhibition system.” They pause to check their memory to see if any past situations were threatening before they go forward. The right side of their thinking brain (frontal cortex) shows more activity. Babies with more blood flow to this side of the brain are more likely to be highly sensitive children. Non-highly sensitive folks have a stronger “behavioral activation system.” They have a stronger “go-for-it” mechanism.


Is your child “highly sensitive”?

Do you hear comments like: “Oh, your daughter is so shy…” or “Don’t you worry that your son isn’t more happy and carefree? He sure seems to worry a lot.” Maybe nobody else says anything, but you worry that your daughter seems to get her feelings hurt so easily, or your son melts down when he is teased. Perhaps you secretly wish your child wasn’t so intense…so emotional…or so slow to warm up.
Elaine Aron, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Child and The Highly Sensitive Person began studying highly sensitive people in 1991. She researched and interviewed thousands of individuals, eventually honing a questionnaire for adults and one for children. Contrary to what many people
think, highly sensitive people are not neurotic, depressed or shy, as many folks think. They have been that way since birth.



Highly sensitive people notice more, reflect more, feel more, and avoid overstimulation. They are “born with a tendency to notice more in their environment and deeply reflect on everything before acting, as compared to those who notice less and act quickly and impulsively,” insists Aron. Their brains seem to process information more thoroughly. As a result, highly sensitive children and adults “tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious. They are more easily overwhelmed by ‘high volume’ or large quantities of input arriving at once. They try to avoid this, and thus seem to be shy or timid or ‘party poopers.’ When they cannot avoid overstimulation, they seem ‘easily upset’ and ‘too sensitive.’”

Every species shows evidence of different temperaments.

Did you know that all across the spectrum of life, in every species, there are these sorts of “temperament” differences? They are not disorders or impairments. These distinctions have evolved to serve a specific function. In most animal species, we find two ‘personalities’ or breeds: the BOLD (larger group) and the SHY (smaller group). There are the ones who charge right in, and there are others who pause to see what happens. There are the “sitters” and the “rovers.” Why is this? Biologists insist this division increases the chance of survival of the species. The bold ones rush out to eat the grass, while the hesitant ones pause to see if there are any predators lurking. In humans groups, we need the action-oriented adventurers and risk-takers to push us to new
heights and make things happen. But we also need the sensitive ones who are able to pause and reflect, to think carefully about consequences and potential dangers. There is no good and bad, no better and best. The two always work best in combination. We need both!

70 % of highly sensitive people are introverts… a tendency that is probably part of their strategy to reduce stimulation.


Highly Sensitive Children Become EASILY OVER-STIMULATED

They often deal with it by…
• Complaining a great deal—especially about “small” things.
• Choosing to play alone.
• Refusing to speak up, talk to adults, talk in class, etc.
• Avoiding typical “fun” activities (parties, play dates, outings).
• Trying to be compliant and obedient (hoping no one will notice them if they are ‘perfect’)
• Having a meltdown with lots of tears
• Bouncing off the walls
• Throwing tantrums and rages
• Getting a stomach ache
• Becoming fearful
• Withdrawing



Highly sensitive children often have a “specialty.” Aron has found that some children are more tuned into relationships and social cues, noticing the moods and expressions of others. Others mainly notice the natural world, such as changes in the weather or the qualities of plants, or they seem to have an uncanny ability to communicate with animals. Some are great at expressing subtle concepts. Some children are particularly alert in new surroundings, while others are bothered by change any change in their familiar routine.

All highly sensitive children NOTICE more. But they don’t just notice more, they think more about what they have noticed. Sometimes this noticing and thinking is obvious and conscious (i.e.: they are asking you questions/talking about things, etc.)—but often their processing is entirely unconscious. They are just “intuiting” something.

Highly sensitive children FEEL more, too. Because they are taking in and processing more, this often brings a strong emotional response. They feel stronger emotions. What they feel, they feel deeply.
Sometimes, it’s intense pleasure. But it can also be intense fear or sadness or anger—because children are confronting new and stressful situations every day. Most highly sensitive children are unusually empathic, Aron insists, so “they suffer more when others suffer.” They can imagine for themselves what others feel. Highly sensitive children have rich inner lives. Early on they tend to seek meaning in their lives.

Highly sensitive children stand out as “different.” Aron says they are not problem-kids in the usual sense. But they are more likely than others to become fearful, shy, or sad–especially if they have had a few bad experiences. With support and guidance, however, they are exceptionally creative, cooperative and kind—except when they are overwhelmed. That presents challenges!
Highly sensitive children become easily over-stimulated and overwhelmed. They are bothered by things that other children do not even notice. Unfortunately, this is the part that most people find difficult to deal with. It’s the “down side of sensitivity.” Highly sensitive children can become totally overwhelmed by a noisy classroom, a big family reunion, a long afternoon with a playmate, or even their very own birthday party.

How do highly sensitive children deal with over-stimulation? They often complain a lot, especially about things that don’t bother most other people. You might call it “the small stuff.” They may not like the texture or taste of the food being served. Or, they get upset by the itchy fabric on their clothes, or their hair not looking how they want it to, or mom buying them the wrong color jacket. They might complain that their teacher gave them a mean look and “she hates me” or that nobody likes them and they will never go to school again. Physical complaints are common. Not only is this their body’s reaction to the stress of overstimulation, but not feeling well actually offers them a solution, Aron suggests, by allowing highly sensitive children to withdraw and go away to rest.

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And to all who are WiseHearted I have given wisdom and ability to make all that I have commanded you. (Ex. 31:6)

And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship, To devise artistic designs…for work in every skilled craft…even of those who do or design any skilled work. (Ex. 35:31-35)

Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding (applying all your powers to the quest for it); Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek (Wisdom) as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,

Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of (our omniscient) God. For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it or the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity, That He may guard the Paths of Justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.

Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing (in every area and relation)’ yes, you will understand every good path. For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you. Discretion shall watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil and the evil men, from men who speak perverse things and are liars, Men who forsake the Paths of Uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness.

Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are Highways of Pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a TREE OF LIFE to those who lay hold of her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast. (Prov. 2:2-18)

And you my son, know the God of your father (have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with Him, and understand Him; appreciate, heed and cherish Him) and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him (inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity) you will find Him. Be strong and do it! (1 Chron. 28:9-10)



DeLight WordArt Journal

SOAP for your Soul

Contact with God: Sowing the Good Seed into the Secret Garden of your Heart
Through prayer and meditation on God’s Word we try to improve our conscious contact with God and we only ask for knowledge of His will for us and the power to execute it.”

This step involves prayer and reflection, in the morning, during the day and in the evening. In the morning when we wake up, we think about the day ahead. We ask God to guide our thoughts, and free us from self-pity and dishonest and selfish motives. Ask God for wisdom and inspiration for decisions to be made. Surrender ourselves to God, trusting Him for the day, relaxed and calm, abiding in His rest in the day. Our lives do not become a struggle. In the evening we look back on the day in a positive way. We ask God to forgive our trespasses, and for wisdom to know what we can do to rectify matters. But beware not to become over-analytical and to be full of worry and unfounded guilt. We trust God through the Holy Spirit to make us aware of any thoughts or behaviors that hurt ourselves or others.


Live life to the fullest, one day at a time.


Create your own Heart’s DeLight WordArt Journal! a Wonderful way to sow the incorruptable seed of the Word into the Secret Garden of your Heart. Combine your Bible Reading Plan, Devotion Time and just spending time with the Lover of your Soul with Art Journalling. As you meditate on the Word and apply it through art, you will internalize the seed, and allow it to take root and bear fruit in your life.

See for inspiration!

As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then, when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time to reflect on and review some of the “gems” that you have received. Without writing these down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily devotions with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insights and even encourage others.

SOAP for your Soul:

S is for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O is for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.

A is for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.

P is for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

It is a good idea to set aside a certain time in your schedule each day and find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted.

It’s not important when you do your devotions, but that you make it a very important part of your day. For morning people, it’s a great way to start your day. For others, it’s 20-minute lunchtime appointments with Jesus. For the night owls, it’s the final act of the day, the time to quiet their hearts and hear God’s voice.

Remember: there are absolutely no rules! Let your creativity flow freely! SOAP is just an idea to get you started.
You can work in any 2D medium, ink, paint, pens, pecils, mixed media, paper, fabric, buttons – anything!
Some of you will write more…somes will draw more pictures. Look under “Photos” WordArt Journal TAB for inspiration and ideas.

It’s also a good idea to get a good Bible Reading Plan when you start. See for free Bibles and Bible Reading Plans, also available in Afrikaans.
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"Whether you are brand new to art journaling or are in need of some creative ideas, we have thousands of art journal prompts you can use as a jumping point for your pages and altered art books!"