Recently, I thought of a concrete task that all great employees easily accomplish. I’ve spent a good portion of my career on organizational development and I often reflect on hiring decisions I’ve made and the individuals I’ve had as members of my team. I’ve decided that individuals with sparkle can go to any meeting and make a contribution.
Seriously, the best employees are the ones you can send anywhere. They are the ones who go to a meeting and always contribute to the discussion. I take it a step further and say that these exceptional employees can attend a meeting of people they don’t know, where there is discussion about a topic of which they are not familiar, and still ask appropriate questions and give worthwhile suggestions.
Think about it. Does the ability to “send them anywhere” allow you to distinguish the superstars you’ve worked with?