Ed Kless, Senior Director of Partner Development and Strategy at Sage North America, says accounting leaders should ready for a future where soft skills are more important than numbers. However, 62% of the 3,000 accountants surveyed for Sage’s Practice of Now 2019 report said they do not believe current education programs will be enough to ready upcoming talent, due to the lack of emphasis these programs place on soft skills. “When firms bury their heads in the sand, continuing their reliance on legacy methods and materials, not only will ambitious talent who desire to be with a firm on the cutting edge look elsewhere, but prospects looking to diversify offerings and skillsets within their respective organizations will do the same”, he says.

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