We're More Than Just Resumés.
Proficiency is what you put on your resume to help define how you will be valuable on the most practical and day-to-day level. It’s what you’re good at. You can call them skills, you can call them strengths, but you can’t call them useless. They are critical to how you’re useful on a team. If you were a robot, then this would fully define you and how a team could use you. But, you’re not a robot.
Personality is what makes you a non-robot. Personality is complex and beautiful and–like your skills–able to change and re-direct over time. This is hard to measure, but there are a lot of tools out there that can help you understand this facet of you. Knowing this part of you can help you and your team see how you best fit.
Preferences are the things that you respond to either positively or negatively within a culture. Some people work well when they are driven internally rather than externally. Some people prefer having a lot of control, and others are more loosey-goosey. To each, their own. But when each is influencing someone else’s own, then it can get dicey. Knowing what you like, and what you don’t is an essential step in knowing what makes a great team.
There are plenty of tools out there to help you find people for your organization. Finding the right person for a task isn’t even the hard part. The hard part is finding the ideal person for the ideal role on the ideal team in the ideal department. Most companies do their best and hope to get lucky. We believe that luck has nothing to do with it.
It’s important to be self-aware. When you know yourself, then you can plan for your future. It’s easy to figure out what you’re good at, and there are plenty of ways to find out what your personality traits are, but it’s difficult to know what environment you would thrive in. And, what environment would thrive by having you in it. We believe that there is a “me” in “team.” You just need to poke around a little.
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Thank goodness your team has Slack to communicate when you aren’t meeting over Google Hangout to finish brainstorming on Evernote before making that perfect Asana timeline. Discussing your list of tasks you keep in Google Sheets, so that you can all be on the same page with your categories in Trello is helpful, too. More […]
In the seemingly never-ending, downward-spiral of a startup tale that Fast Company mapped out this week in their article titled, “The Demise of Tilt”, readers are guided through Tilt’s unfortunate saga. The article gears up by stating, “In 2015, social payments company Tilt was worth $375 million. Less than two years later, it had lost […]
Back in Middle School, when assigned seating became a thing, eye rolls were the overwhelming response. In the workplace? It depends on who you ask. While the Internet had some serious eye rolls at Square when they posted a job for a “capacity coordinator” (a full-time seating coordinator with “equal parts project manager, data analyst, […]
Think top talent is highly motivated by compensation? Think again. “In my 36-year career, I haven’t met a single person truly at the top end of the talent distribution who is highly motivated by compensation. Not one,” says Roger L. Martin, former Dean of Rotman School of Management in his latest Harvard Business Review article. […]
Reorganizations come in many forms, but the common element is the toll it takes on people. Whether it is flattening the organization for faster decision making, or a merger and acquisition that necessitates the integration of a common management structure, the impact is real and can distract your people from daily operations. People are creatures […]
David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and the author of The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More wrote a recent story for the HBR about how identifying commonalities on a team can lead to effectiveness. This is a concept that Cloverleaf was founded on. The belief […]
The Harvard Business Review recently published a video summarizing a recent study on the potential role that Artificial Intelligence could have on management. While the prospect of artificial intelligence impacting managers may seem a far-off fairy tale and is interesting given the buzz around AI, we found it interesting for the interesting stats about managers. […]
Peter Aceto, the CEO of Tangerine (formerly ING Direct) recently sat down with Simon Sinek, author and thought leader on culture and workforce relationships. In their conversation they covered a lot of ground regarding the role of people in creating culture. You can see the full video clip below. This is a concept that we […]
The Cloverleaf team listened to a podcast recently that featured the founder of Strengths Finder, Marcus Buckingham. If you, like the Cloverleaf team, are a fan of StrengthsFinder then this is a must listen to. In this 60 minute clip Marcus covers some interesting ground. 1. Strengths as a responsibility to society. Marcus believes firmly […]
This past week Cloverleaf co-founder and SaaS Salesperson extraordinaire, Ford Knowlton, taught a class at our hometown university – The University of Cincinnati. The class called Professionalism and Purpose is in the college of business and is an elective for varsity athletes. Many sports were represented by athletes in the class – from track & […]