Five Traits of Difference Makers: Snap to It!

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 series goes beyond traditional HR approaches to examine five intangible qualities that identify those who can make a difference in your organization.

This article explains the trait of Snap: The ability to swiftly assess a situation, analyze, and take effective action

Key Points

By identifying anomalies, diving in, and solving for root cause, those with Snap provide the intersection between intellectual curiosity and thought discipline; one without the other has limited value.

Colleagues with Snap also demonstrate social skills. They know how to read a room and are quick to adapt to norms and social mores outside of their experience.

The Snappy are the connective tissue of an organization. They see the organizational whole, not just their part of it. They understand the relationships between business units and how the pieces fit together.

Why it Matters

Difference makers are often missed through 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 Snap.