A good dose of self-awareness is like a kick in the head - painful, but very useful when it comes to jogging the mind of things we sometimes ignore.
This is a part three (and the conclusion) to a mini blog series that I’ve been working to develop. (Wait…did I just hear a sigh of relief?!)
I’ve been marinating on the panel discussion from the January TIMA event and really taking ownership of the question (and answer) to “What is the most desirable quality of the New Hire in the web industry?” (see previous blog). And I had just ended with…
The discussion took an interesting turn when someone – I can’t really remember who is was (it may have been Zach) – mentioned that desirable new hires should also be self aware. To me – that was the real kicker.
Self awareness is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an awareness of one’s own personality or individuality.”
And to me, this is the much stronger and more prized quality in a new hire than passion for the job or an entrepreneurial spirit that takes ownership of company development. The self aware new hire is the crème de la crème of candidates, because he/she will be able to focus their passion and shape how they take ownership of the company’s evolution by understanding how their skills, talents, interests fit into the bigger picture.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking…this isn’t limited to the web industry – and I agree with you. But I think it is particularly vital withinthe web industry because of how fast our industry is evolving.
Hardware and software both are moving forward by leaps and bounds. What is capable to do via the Internet changes every day. Any number of our favorite web systems push updates to their platforms on any given day and affect (hopefully positively) how something works. We need people in this industry who know who they are, so that they can know how best to plug in (and then hang on for dear life). We need people who can evaluate their own growth and evolution of online experience, so that they can appropriately effect change as they input development and create tomorrow’s best idea. Passion is great, but it is better if it can be acknowledged and then harnessed appropriately in order to produce the best possible outcome.
We all know that this industry is dynamic. The web is the wild west; it’s the place for innovators and creators. So, why do we think we can approach it without being completely in touch with what we bring to the table?
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Can you think of an experience of working with someone who wasn’t really aware of their contribution, assuming that their basic MO was enough? Or someone who got into the biz, because it was “the place to be,” and then, when the heat turned up, realized that they didn’t have the passion, skills, interest to keep moving forward?
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We are marching forward (or running to keep up, as the case may be) – and there are no “time outs” or “breathers” for those who just aren’t able or willing to pay attention to how they are going to contribute to the evolution of the web.
Hire the self-aware candidates, the ones who actually have an opinion on how they can best make a positive impact.
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