5 Traits Companies Should Seek When Staffing for Growth

5 Traits Companies Should Seek When Staffing for GrowthThis is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on American Express OPEN Forum on April 14, 2015.

It can take great teams of great people for high-growth companies to achieve their ambitious goals. But not all great people are created equal. Workers who would be great for a steady, established enterprise aren’t the same ones that would be great for a high-growth company.

Here are five traits I’ve noticed in great high-growth hires. Seek out candidates with these qualities when you’re staffing for growth.

1. Hacker Behavior

I’m not talking about computer hacking here, but rather the behavior of people who are always trying to do more with less. These are the type of people who start successful companies and help build big businesses out of small ones. They approach growth differently and are always looking for faster, better ways to get their work done, innovate and grow.


GRIT is a term coined by Paul G. Stoltz, author of “GRIT: The New Science of What it Takes to Persevere, Flourish, Succeed”. It’s the quality you see in people who go after important goals and do whatever it takes to achieve those goals. People with GRIT don’t give up when they encounter setbacks; instead, they reassess and reroute as needed until they achieve their goals.

In a growth company, rapid change is the norm. There are high highs and low lows. Being able to deal with adversity is a huge component of what makes people successful in these circumstances so they can help the company advance.

3. Self-Awareness

People with self-awareness understand who they are, their strengths and their weaknesses. Employees with self-awareness also understand what’s expected from them on the job and what they need to do to make the most valuable contribution possible to the organization. Then they put that knowledge into action to help your business grow.

Want to know the other two traits you should seek when you’re staffing for growth? Visit American Express OPEN Forum to read the rest of this article.

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