Making the Hard Sell for Soft Skills

And they're not just for the younger generation of accountants, either

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The business world is increasingly recognizing the necessity of soft skills in employees. In its 2012 Global CEO Study of 1,700 chief executive officers from 64 countries and 18 industries worldwide, IBM found several interpersonal skills to be key drivers for employee success, while a 2013 survey of more than 2,100 chief financial officers by financial staffing service Accountemps discovered that the most common reason (at 30 percent) that respondents gave for why their employees fail to advance was poor interpersonal skills.

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