What's in your job description?
I recently had a consulting assignment to review a company’s job descriptions: I added the qualities in today’s quote to those of their leadership and professional positions. These are qualities that any company should look for when hiring professionals. Like wanting people who can work unsupervised: thinking for themselves and being self-motivated; having the ability to certify when a job or task is completed: both the quantity and quality; and acting with integrity: doing what is right whether someone is watching or not. The technical competencies in a professional’s job description are easier to define than the qualities of character needed to work hard and care a lot all the time: they summarize the kinds of things that professionals need to do to be effective. Make sure the professionals that work for you understand what’s required, coach them to meet expectations, and give them lots of feedback. That’s the professional approach to managing professionals today.
Subroto Bagchi (Born 1957): Indian entrepreneur, author, business leader and co-founder of Mindtree