Adapting easily to change necessary trait to get ahead: CFOs

Being motivated to learn, interpersonal skills also important
||Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The ability to adapt easily to change is the most necessary characteristic for a person to get ahead in her career, according to 31 per cent of Canadian CFOs surveyed by staffing firm Accountemps.

"Successful individuals know that growth is often synonymous with change," said Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian president of Accountemps. "In a world that's moving quickly, professional success is dependent on being open to learning new skills in order to adapt and excel in evolving business environments." 

Having a motivation to learn (29 per cent), strong interpersonal skills (23 per cent) and welcoming increased responsibility (13 per cent) came next.

"Demonstrating how you can clearly communicate complex information and strategies will set you apart when being considered for career advancement and leadership potential."

Only four per cent of CFOs cited working long hours as a success strategy, found the survey of more than 270 CFOs.

"Longer hours don't always equate to greater productivity," said Hunnam-Jones. "Managers should help set realistic schedules by defining priorities and creating a collaborative team culture in which workers feel supported and encouraged."  

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