3G mindset

A news story that I read recently in The Daily Ticker suggests that top employers are looking beyond skill sets when considering suitable candidates for employment. It’s not your qualifications and experience that will get you the nod over other candidates, when all other candidates share these same skill sets, but whether or not you have the certain mindset they want.

According to that news story, 96 percent of employers would prefer to “hire, promote, pay and retain” people with a particular mindset over a desired skill set. Also, 98 percent of employers thought it more likely that a person with the right mindset could easily develop the right skill set if they had to, rather than the other way around.

Harvard lecturer Paul Stoltz defined the “3G Mindset” as consisting of the top three qualities that employers consider most important: Global, Good and Grit.

Global, meaning the big picture perspective, the ability to lift your eyes out of the weeds, the ability to look at the world and understand how your actions will cause a ripple effect on the organisation.

Good, meaning the sensitivity to people and awareness of and the inkling to do good for others around you.

Grit, meaning the intestinal fortitude, that uncommon tenacity, intensity, resilience in everything that you do.

Not only do nearly all employers want to hire people with a winning 3G mindset, they would trade 7.2 “normal” employees for just one person with the perfect winning mindset, says Stoltz.

So how would you show your prospective employers that you have at least one of these winning 3G mindset? Stoltz gave as examples how these 3Gs can be put into action in your cover letter, resume or during the interview:

  • Example of Good and Grit: I fought through several layers of bureaucracy for two years to get a new wellness program implemented in our company.
  • Example of Good and Global: I volunteered to mentor new hires before and after work hours and cut first-90-day turnover by 72 percent.

Stoltz says people with 3G mindsets not only tend to make more money, but they become simply invaluable to employers, which is critical if the time comes for layoffs.

You can check your own 3G mindset for free here (after registration at the website, of course).

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