Technology is everywhere. It doesn’t look like it did even 5 years ago, and it certainly won’t look like it does today 10 years from now, but it is pervasive through the businesses we operate in, the world we travel in, how we connect, how we learn and how we create and invent.
And yet, for organizations where technology is our core business, sometimes it’s not about the technology at all. It is about putting together high-performance teams that solve business problems. Technology is simply the tool of implementation.
This presents a unique opportunity for technology organizations to bring in high performance individuals. The late Steve Jobs said it perfectly; “Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.”
Recruiting in the technology industry has evolved from finding individuals with specific language expertise and “x” number of years of experience, to finding individuals that can take the principals of software development and apply them across domains, industries and problem sets with a high functioning multi-disciplinary team. Today’s software professionals are often put on projects and in situations that they haven’t been in before. Applying an approach, getting up to speed on a new language and bring a team together to solution are day to day tasks.
Successful individuals in these ambiguous situations tend to have common denominators. First and foremost, they are intrinsically motivated by solving problems. They see technology as a means to an end, and they understand the end is the ultimate goal, not the technology.
In addition, they are excited and motivated by working in a team. They don’t see this as sentence to endure, but rather an opportunity to leverage the skills and knowledge of others to ultimately come up with a solution that is better than anything they could have come up with on their own.
Ultimately, technology workers have entered a field that ensures they will be lifelong learners. The confidence to trust in your ability and fundamental skills allows individuals to walk in, assess a situation, come up with a plan and apply what they know.
Ultimately, technology organizations are looking for great people. Great people that can learn technology, are highly motivated to use it to solve business problems and can excel in a team.
Technology is everywhere, where are you?