Recruiters & Hiring Managers: How do you initiate organizational change?
Employees: How do you establish your independence & organizational worth?
I've been reading some articles and sitting in on discussions where the concept of the T-shaped individual/employee has taken stage. At first I just passed this off as a new idea or concept that individuals were tossing around to impress the others involved in the interactive staffing strategy cipher but then as I tuned in a little more and began to develop a pro-active mind-set toward these "casual" discussions...something happened! I began to say "Yes, I think they're on to something here"..."Wow, I've actually seen this at work as I speak to people of influence at the client companies I service and internally in my own office place".
People with this T-shaped characteristic are becoming more valuable and are considered to be "A" candidates (maybe I'll have to start calling them "T" candidates). They are the ones that at the end of the interview who instead of asking "Mr. /Mrs. Hiring Manager are there any additional questions that I may answer to convey my ability to perform the duties described" ...they are saying ..."Rob/Robin this is an example of how I contributed to a similar concern across business lines with my current organization leading to a 37% increase to the bottom line of that business segment". Which scenario best describes the candidates you are interviewing? Which scenario best describes YOU? Improve your position!
These T-shaped individuals have a solid core discipline; this makes up the vertical portion of the T. They also have the ability to show empathy for others within the organization or team and branch off to display sub-skill sets that relate to or cater to the duties and task of others organizationally and they always willingly jump in to assist; this is the horizontal section of the T. Basically as I understand it...these people have "T-shaped competencies" possessing deep skills in a core area of expertise as well as a broad knowledge of horizontal skills such as management, finance and business operations. These characteristics will serve them well in the current & future market-place as they are willing and able to provide input and expertise on the spot along multiple business lines.
As you move on through your career look for these types of people. Bring them into your circle of influence.
*Quick Hint: They may be at the Top.
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