The “Best” People Have These 3 Things in Common
A podcast I listened to recently asked 100 young business professionals the following question:
“If you had a choice between working for one of the following two companies which company would you choose?”
A. The company with the best product/service, or
B. The company with the best people
Before I reveal the answer, how would you answer this question? Assume all other factors are equivalent (compensation, benefits, distance from home, quality/nature of the company, growth/promotion opportunities, etc.) – does one stand out to you? What if I told you the podcaster asserted there was only one right answer (and I agree with him) – would that change anything?
Okay, enough mystery – the answer is best people. Here’s why: people are how great products or services come to be. If you have great people, it’s just a matter of time until you’ll have the best product or service. People are what makes an organization great.
No situation is this simple, of course – “all things being equal” doesn’t really exist outside of hypothetical questions – but the question does provide valuable context for thinking about what makes organizations great.
Alright, let’s take things a step further. If “the best people” are the key, then it follows that we’d want to know what actually makes people “the best,” right? If you were asked this question, what would you say? You’d probably end up with a list of things, right? Humor me for a moment and build a your list. Take 10 seconds, put a quick mental list together – the first three things that come to mind will work great.
Now…is there anything on your list that doesn’t fit into one of the following categories: Passion. Skill. Character.? 😊
Stay United, everyone.