This week we had some shop projects that we finally had time to get done. We painted the breakroom, re-organized our loft storage space, and tackled a dozen smaller projects that we had been putting off. Since painting the breakroom was a bit of a larger job, we put Richard in charge of it and made him project leader. Richard did an amazing job and our breakroom looks fantastic.
That brings us to this week's topic: Are you ready to lead? Richard has many years experience being the leader of a small team so he was a natural when it came time to choosing a project leader. What about out other team members? Do we have the confidence in them to ask them to lead?
Part of our hiring practice is to ask if a potential team member is hungry, humble, and smart. Hungry means they are driven and will do what's necessary to get the job done. Humble means a person knows they don't know everything and are willing to ask questions and admit mistakes. Smart means they are emotionally intelligent and can get along with a wide variety of people. All three of those qualities make a great team member. Incidentally, they also make a great leader. When we hire a new team member, we're also hiring a future leader.
What about you? Are you humble, hungry, and smart? Are you ready to lead?
Richard (left) is teaching Peter and Seth how to use a jigsaw. Peter and Seth (right) are getting ready to start painting our breakroom.