If you ask top management in any city what they’re concerned about, you will find they all have the same No. 1 answer: talent.
Three years of research at the University of Southern California showed that high-level executives from startups to Fortune 500 firms are concerned that their staff possess soft skills beyond specific engineering or business-field training.
Companies are looking for people who can work through their real challenges: innovation, shrinking product cycles, and industry disruption, writes Ernest J. Wilson II, a USC dean, for Fortune magazine.
Researchers then went on to come up with specific traits that would translate into filling the needs identified: