Last week, a friend reminded me of a post I wrote last year called “the five-tool employee.” Seems like a good time to revisit the concept.
Last week, Dachis Group acquired Headshift. But we are always interested in speaking with talented professionals.
The people I want to work with are the five-tool players. In baseball, a five-tool player hits for average and power, runs the bases with speed and smarts, throws like a cannon, and fields like a safety net. Every hiring manager wants these players, whether it’s a role in a startup or a Fortune 50 organization.
In business, the five-tool employee is one who:
- Gets things done with results to show for their effort – no excuses for failure
- Accomplishes things that are remarkable – above and beyond what’s expected
- Exercises sound decision-making skills, acting quickly and decisively
- Communicates well and can convince others to act
- Deals well with ambiguity, makes order where others see confusion
Five-tool employees are rare and worth retaining. They’ll have many chances to succeed, because they naturally create value for their companies and opportunities for themselves.
If you read the description above and sense an uncanny resemblance to yourself, drop me a line at [email protected]. I’m interested in hearing from people with interest and experience in business partner optimization, workforce collaboration, or customer engagement.