Do you want to build a great career? You MUST be able to communicate.We come from technical backgrounds, and we've also had the privilege of managing large groups of technically brilliant people. We've been there, and we've seen the same challenges you're seeing now. When senior executives are asked about what technical people can do to advance their careers, the answer is quite consistent: Improve communication skills. Effective communication skills in the workplace are essential for every engineer, programmer, statistician or biochemst.