Five Traits of Difference Makers: Perspectives on Platform

What’s Inside

Every company wants to attract and keep the difference makers, the people who are worth their weight in gold. But how do you identify those you already have and find more of them? This article goes beyond traditional HR approaches to examine five intangible qualities that identify those who can make a difference in your organization.

This article explains how to identify and nurture the trait of Platform: the ability to lead a discussion, communicate the details of a project or process, entertain competing ideas, and facilitate solutions in a collaborative fashion.

Key Points

People who exhibit Platform know how to “read the room.” They anticipate audience make-up, expectations, and mood and adjust their presentation style accordingly, often on the fly.

Platform—the art of effective presentation—requires training, practice, and repetition. Give team members opportunities to present and critique those performances accordingly.

Platform depends on the ability to explain at the level of the audience’s understanding, literally translating the sense of an idea from one language to another, even if both languages are English!

Why it Matters

Difference makers are often missed in standard HR and development processes. Sometimes they hide in plain sight. In a time of high turnover, leaders need to be prepared to attract and retain employees who display Platform.