The Book

By Emma Sue Prince


Our world is changing – so fast, so furiously, so ferociously – that to stand out you need to tap into your own resources and competences. Doing so puts you firmly back into the driving seat of your own life, enabling you to be happier, find and do work you love and have a true sense of purpose. But what are the key competences that you need?

7 Skills for the Future sets the scene for seven new soft skills that will propel you forward. Through a combination of scientific research, no-nonsense advice, practical exercises and case studies, this book shows you how to understand, develop and use:

  • Adaptability – respond better to opportunities and change by being flexible and agileit
  • Critical thinking – think smarter, more resourcefully, creatively and collaboratively
  • Empathy – nurture all your relationships by learning how to listen and be present
  • Integrity – trust, values and honesty are the name of the game now as is authenticity
  • Optimism – be the most positive person you know
  • Being Proactive – respond rather than react and learn to reinvent yourself
  • Resilience – make mistakes, bounce back, learn from experience and move on to the next challenge

By learning how to tap into these essential skills, and understanding how to put them into practice each day of our lives, we can be happier, more effective and abler to cope with change in an uncertain and exciting future

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  • I never imagined I would finish reading this book so quickly; it is engaging, well-structured and easy to follow, and at the same time, rich in concepts, ideas, examples and tips that are food for thought and an invitation to live a better life. Honestly, I was expecting to learn about skills that would make me a better worker, but to my surprise I have found this book has to do mainly with personal development. As I read each chapter, in the following days I realized how natural it was for me to implement some of the advice provided by the author, and immediately started feeling a change. I was especially impressed by the awareness-raising opening chapter, in which the writer effectively explains how the world is changing, and why it is paramount to develop the seven skills. As a teacher of young adults, I am looking forward to reading it again so that I can help my students to adapt, think critically, feel empathy, show integrity and optimism, and be proactive and resilient. A great book, in which Emma-Sue Prince clearly shows her professionalism and love for life.

    Grace Alchini

  • Whether they are called “soft skills”, “21st century skills”, or “life skills”, Emma Sue Prince’s handbook, 7 Skills for the Future, provides a road-map to leading a more rewarding life. This book offers a cornucopia of steps to take (“Try this”-“Consider this”-“Top Tips”) to improve each of the skills (Adaptability, Critical Thinking, Empathy, Integrity, Optimism, Being Proactive, and Resilience) and its associated website ( shares links to worksheet downloads (hands-on exercises to help you practice each of the skills she has identified) and to her series of podcasts. Each chapter has case studies and features “A Day in the Life”, which demonstrates how a change in mindset and habits can positively affect the quality of the subject’s life. Prince also provides a well-considered bibliography of further reading at the end of each chapter. Old habits are hard to break. New habits take time to develop. Emma Sue Prince’s 7 Skills for the Future is a must-read (and reread) guide to developing and strengthening these skills on a daily basis. They are skills for today as well as for the future. Prince provides routines to help navigate our rapidly changing world. This book is not just for team leaders. It is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and young adults. Read it – re-read it – work it.

    Kate Herzog

  • How adaptable are you really? Do you see optimism as a strength or sign of weakness? Anyone seeking support and guidance to grow personally – search no more! 7 Skills for the Future by Emma-Sue Prince is the only source you need to develop and improve your soft skills. Emma-Sue picks up on the skills she believes are most relevant to navigate through an increasingly complex world. Once I started reading, it was impossible for me to put the book down. I caught myself more than once nodding in agreement or staring in disbelieve. How did she get into my head? While reading the book, I found quite a bit of confirmation of what I’ve been doing over the years, e.g., critical thinking seems to come naturally to me hence the tips were nothing new but a welcome reminder. On the other hand, reading about the different skills helped me to understand how much they are in fact connected, e.g., no resilience without optimism. So, why did I like this book so much? For once, the clear structure of the book made it easy for me to dip in and out of it, even when I didn’t have much time to read. I very much appreciated her personal approach which gave me the impression that this is a human being sharing her experience and not some super-human who is always right and perfect. The tips throughout the book, I found especially helpful as many of them were easy to relate to. I especially liked her ‘Try this’ approach versus the typical ‘Do this’ prescriptive approach you often find in self-help books. In addition, I took a lot away from the various case studies confirming that the skills discussed are in fact useful in different contexts. Every chapter ends with sources for further reading, which I found extremely useful as well. In addition to the book, I can highly recommend her podcast of the same name in which she gives us more insight into the relevance of the skills discussed. The podcast and her book are the only tools you need to thrive in the workplace and to become a happier and more content person overall. Please be aware, this is not an easy read – once engaged, the content will not leave you until you are willing to accept that to grow you need to get out of your comfort zone and this, I’m afraid, is quite a bit of work.

    Silke Riegler

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Practical Business Communication

This book provides an accessible guide to the fundamentals of effective business communication. Taking account of the thinking processes which inform the way we interact, it will help you process information more effectively and create stronger relationships and networks.

Habilidades Para La Vida

By Andrea Giraldez and Emma Sue Prince

Which is more important for our students: academic results or personal development? As teachers, we are sometimes so focused on their future that we forget about the person behind the student, the young person hurtling towards a world in which life skills will make all the difference…

Read the opening pages of the book (published in Spanish).

The Advantage

The skills and competences you need right now are all interpersonal ones, that will help you stay one step ahead in the midst of change and uncertainty, that you naturally have already and can develop more. The Advantage is available in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Arabic and Indonesian, with a special edition available for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and The Maldives. On the shelves at Waterstones, Foyles and all major book retailers.

Download the sample eChapter to read a short introduction to the seven skills.

The Advantage for… Mini Series

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Taking key soft skills from her book The Advantage, Emma Sue Prince identifies how you can apply an entrepreneurial mind-set to all aspects of your work. Whether you are thinking of starting a business, running a start-up or reinventing your career, this little e-book will help you succeed.

The Advantage for Graduates


The world of work for graduates is very different now. Nothing is predictable and graduates today need a whole raft of crucial skills to be equipped to handle the uncertainty, creativity, resourcefulness and agility that this new world demands. This Ebook focuses on you, giving you the advantage to stay one step ahead, fulfill the potential you’ve been nurturing all your life and just be brilliant!

The Advantage for Mid-Lifers


Taking key soft skills from her groundbreaking book and awareness-raising workshops, Emma Sue Prince identifies how you can embrace adaptability and integrity to celebrate the best years of your life. This little e-book focuses on sharpening two key skills that will help you have that advantage and live a meaningful and happy life.

7 Skills for the Future

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