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The Best Employee You Ever Hired

I’ve often been fascinated to think about the best employee I ever hired. I consider myself fortunate to have hired many great employees through the years. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve got favorites.

The answers could be very important to any young professional looking to make their mark in an organization and impress the senior leaders who are the key to opportunity and the source of the finest form of career advancement - mentoring.

As I considered these all-stars I realized that many of them shared similar characteristics. Part of me wondered if this was a reflection on my personal values or if it was a common theme consistent with my peers.

In order to test this hypothesis we asked some of the most experienced business professionals in Chicago to think about the best employee they ever hired. Specifically, we asked what attributes would you use to describe the best employee you ever hired?

The answers could be very important to any young professional looking to make their mark in an organization and impress the senior leaders who are the key to opportunity and the source of the finest form of career advancement - mentoring.

These young professionals are the target audience of ClassAct - a new program helping young professionals get started on the right foot. If you are a young professional or you have children or employees beginning their career, the ClassAct program is a fantastic way to set the foundation for a very fulfilling and successful career.

The word cloud below outlines some of the most common words our executives used in describing the best employee they ever hired.

Reflecting upon my own experiences, I am comforted that these are a consistent reflection of traits that I look for in employees and abundant in many of my finest hires. In many ways, the attributes that helped me achieve my own success are prominently highlighted as well.

In looking through this list it is clear that most of these attributes are choices not inherent traits that are difficult to change. Almost every attribute on this list can be learned, improved or enhanced.

This is exactly what we are trying to do with ClassAct. Our goal is to help young professionals improve themselves and increase their odds of being mentored and becoming the next best hire!

You can help us do this.  Consider sharing this post with your network if you found the material informative. If you, your children, your employees or anyone you know are interested in becoming a ClassAct, signup for the course with the button below.

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