Have you ever heard of the phrases, “He just gets it”? Or “She is wise beyond his years.”
You might have heard an employer say that about her employee. Or a coach say that about her star players.
What does “getting it” actually mean? How do we break down who is wise beyond their years and who is not?
There are a few names that better describes someone who just “gets it” like Top Performer, Instant Contributor, or Consultant.
I tried to break it down… This is someone who:
- Understands the big picture, the vision, knowing where they fit in and why their role is valuable
- Is self aware of how their experiences and skills can add value immediately. They’ve done it before and can bring their superpower to the business.
- Constantly questions the norms “What about this?” (adding nuance, sharing improvements, asking questions)
- Doesn’t back down their ideas, but also has flexibility to understand the other perspectives and is open to changing their mind. (strong opinions, weakly held)
- Is highly coachable — don’t have to be the most skilled but must have zest to learn and grow as a human and in their craft
- Thrives doing deep work which is “the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.”
- Has emotional intelligence which is “a trait not measured by IQ tests — as a set of skills, including control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships.”
- Ownership on their work and actions. They are not afraid to say they messed up on a project and be honest. They also take full responsibility whether a product launch, for example, performs poorly if they are managing that launch.
Anyone can be hard working, have a positive attitude, and do their job. But the above (I believe) is what differentiates the good from the great.
As I start to hire for the first time with Bot Academy, what’s more important to me than just skill level is working with a motivated and hungry individual who is excited to do the work.
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