The challenge in deciding who is going to be part of your team is one of the hardest aspects of owning a business. What is it that you are looking for? How to define the essentials? What makes a good person to have in your company?
Here are some suggestions about what makes a truly good craftsperson—an individual who does good work and, in doing so, inspires others to better work.
The stellar employee is excited about the work. Actually, excitement is not the right word: She is compelled, driven, to do the work well. Not doing the work is something that is inconceivable.
Some folks express their passion openly. Many others are quiet about it. How do you know it is there? Talk with them. Draw them out. Prepare to be amazed by the ones who have it.
You can’t teach talent. Aptitude is something one has or does not. It can be determined quickly. A good practice is to have a potential employee work with others in the company for a day or two or so. Your people will tell you if the possible new hire has it or never will.
Teaching someone with passion and talent is a joy. Pay attention.
Passion and talent can’t be taught. One has them or does not.
Technique can be taught to a person who has passion and talent. This is the work of helping someone with the right attitude and the innate ability how to become all that they can be. It is wonderful to do this with the right people and totally frustrating with the inappropriate people.
Know that by “craftsperson” I am referring to all the employees in a company, not simply those who work with their hands. These characteristics are ones you look for when searching to fill any position.
Keep on looking and don’t settle. Working in a company with people who embody passion, talent and technique is a thrill. Don’t have that yet? It is worth your effort to give yourself that feeling.