At Astonish Results we look for a few vital qualities in our employees:
- Positive attitude
- Ability to communicate and interact with others
The older I get the more I realize that the ability to communicate your point of view and cooperate with others is probably THE most important characteristic of a solid employee. Couple that with teachability – the ability to learn and absorb knowledge and positive attitude – and you’ve got yourself an amazing employee. Now if they are proactive, meaning they don’t react to situations, but see problems coming, you’ve really got something special. If the employee doesn’t know HOW to solve the problem it’s OK. The fact that they saw it coming is a huge positive.
Notice I didn’t put job knowledge into that mix. This is something that is taken for granted. If they’re teachable, they will, by default, absorb knowledge wherever they’ve worked previously. If the person you hire doesn’t have the knowledge but has all four qualities I’ve mentioned above, you still have a winner. I try to hire for the company not just for the job. Chances are this new hire may migrate to another position.
If you’re able to assemble a team of folks that have these qualities, the job of directing them becomes all the easier.