According to recent Google research (Washington Post column 1/5/18), soft skills might be even more valuable now and in the future than we thought.
"Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google's top employees, STEM expertise came in dead last. The top soft skills were: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others; having empathy toward and being supportive of one's colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas."
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