I’m fortunate to have an amazing group of talented and committed people working at The A Group. It’s truly a dream team. And with each new hire, the stakes seem to be getting higher. I like that. Talent, attracts talent and elevates the game for everyone. I have written about the 3Cs we screen in hiring: competence, character and chemistry. But beyond that I’m always on the look out for qualities that will make a great addition to our team.
Raw talent. Nothing is more exciting than to find someone who has a natural ability in their area of expertise. No matter their area of work inside our organization–designers, programmers, video producers, account managers, or sales–talented people are given the tools and the opportunity to do their best work. I’m convinced you can help a talented person grow and flourish, but without it, no amount of coaching and tools can take someone who lacks talent.
Work ethic. Gifted people without a strong work ethic won’t last long with us, and I’m sure they won’t be long anywhere they work. I believe in balance between work and home life, but we take our product and services seriously and those who work hard reap the benefits.
Hunger. That’s how I define what some call “life-long learners.” In our field of communication and technology, if you’re not a learner you won’t survive. I believe that’s true in every arena of business. The A Group has grown steadily over the years, and we even grew in a down economy due to the fact we are a solutions-based company. That means we are constantly looking at our clients’ challenges and opportunities and figuring out a way to help solve them. That’s part of our business DNA and without it, we would have been out of business a long time ago. We hire intelligent, inquisitive, passionate and opinionated people who like to push the envelope and are not afraid of trying new things.
Have you ever been a part of a great, or bad team? What’s the difference?