I have a client with the happiest and most productive of teams: demanding, vocal, yet always supportive, always open to new ideas, even at their expense (or late nights). She likes to come sit by my desk and perfect the tiniest of details. Now some people would prefer a colonoscopy, but I appreciate her attention to every detail.
So knowing I am hiring and admire her team, she pointed me to this article on the 8 qualities of remarkable employees. It is easy to see 1-6 as admiral character traits, however, I always felt items 7 &8 were character flaws on my part. The late night hours we eat because of an obsessive need to fiddle with something. Who knew! So now I just have to figure out how to tease out these traits during interviews.
7. They like to prove others wrong. Self-motivation often springs from a desire to show that doubters are wrong. The kid without a college degree or the woman who was told she didn’t have leadership potential often possess a burning desire to prove other people wrong.
Education, intelligence, talent, and skill are important, but drive is critical. Remarkable employees are driven by something deeper and more personal than just the desire to do a good job.
8. They’re always fiddling. Some people are rarely satisfied (I mean that in a good way) and are constantly tinkering with something: Reworking a timeline, adjusting a process, tweaking a workflow.
Great employees follow processes. Remarkable employees find ways to make those processes even better, not only because they are expected to… but because they just can’t help it.