Things I admire beyond talent and skill.
As an entrepreneur, hiring talents is one of your primary job descriptions. Now and then, we are constantly engaging talents, and in all my years of finding and recruiting people to build with me, I have come to understand that talent and skill are never enough. Here is a list of the things I beyond talent and skills
Empathy: The ability of team members to understand and share the feelings of one another will go a long way in determining how they can execute and achieve common goals. This applies to leaders and followers. You can’t measure empathy on a CV, but it can make and break teams.
Dependability & Ownership: In today’s work-from-home world, dependability is non-negotiable. Your ability to own things, get shit done without pushing responsibilities to other people will help you go far. The people working with you should be able to should have peace of mind simply because you are involved. Own your learning, own your wins and own your mistakes. People will trust you more and be willing to work with you.
Drive: A candidate who lacks certain skill sets can learn those skills if given the opportunity, however, I don’t think drive can be taught. You are either driven, or you are not. There are no middle grounds — the willingness to learn and do better trumps talent and skills any time.
Curiosity: Your strong desire to know or learn something new about your industry, organization, and things around you will determine how far you will go. People who are unbothered about everything going on around them and are not curious enough to ask questions are usually weak links on teams. It’s only a matter of time before the effects start showing.
Kindness: Ah, this one, nothing to say or add. Kind people are easier to work with. Getting things done isn’t just about numbers; how people feel around you also matters. People will ALWAYS remember how you make them feel.
Gratitude: Being thankful for little things and the readiness to show appreciation and return kindness plays many roles in our careers. No one grows without getting some help, and people are more comfortable helping grateful colleagues. Most importantly, being grateful about the little things of life puts you in the best mental state to get shit done at work.
Integrity: I don’t ever negotiate this one, while it’s difficult to fully see through a candidate’s integrity during the hiring process. There are flags to always look out for, and most importantly, this one comes out eventually after being hired. It’s like smoke; you can’t hide.