Hybridized professionals are the key to future-proofing your workforce and driving growth.
Have you identified and harnessed their capabilities to drive revenue through your organization and your clients’ organizations? Or are you struggling to fit these apparent square-pegs into the round holes of your status quo corporate culture?
Let’s explore together.
Hybridized professionals are intimidating and they know it. Ask yourself why these individuals are so intimidating? Why do they stand out from the majority of your workforce? For starters, hybridized professionals pick up ideas quickly while everyone else in the room struggles to grasp concepts. They are opinionated and confident, because they read a lot, know a lot and connect a lot of dots between what they read and what they know. Hybridized professionals are not shy about asking the types of questions that stop everyone in their tracks.
“Hybridized professionals are similar to working with the major characters in the two television series Bones and Scorpion. Lots of value is created because of their thirst for knowledge. Lots of patience and communication is required because the majority of your workforce may not be so thirsty. Hmmm….” ~ Babette Ten Haken
Hybridized professionals are the smartest people in the room. They are perplexed that people don’t pick up on ideas as quickly as they can. They usually are found in technical, engineering, legal, financial and operational disciplines. Their impatience, especially when articulated, makes other folks feel stupid, especially employees in non-technical areas such as customer service, marketing and sales.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Shouldn’t you be hiring a smarter workforce focused on working smarter and creating smarter solutions for your clients? When hiring is done mindfully, hybridized thinkers make each other more productive and profitable.
Hybridized professionals see the world cross-functionally and non-linearly. Hybridized professionals tell you: “Oh no you can’t!” and then wait for someone strong enough and knowledgeable enough to rebut: “Oh, yes we can and here’s how and why!” These hybridized employees are extrapolating “What if?” as they think miles ahead of where everyone else is: stuck in mental mud, pondering “Huh?”
Is this dynamic present in your own organization or do employees go silent when challenged?
Hybridized professionals are holistic and collaborative. They seek to work with like-minded professionals, regardless of professional discipline. They are curious and inquisitive. They are critical to the success of multi-generational channel teams. They thrive in environments focused on creativity and innovation. They welcome the challenge of integrating new people, processes and systems into the existing mix in order to create enduring business outcomes.
Hybridized professionals are frustrated at work and they are frustrating to work with, especially if your current corporate culture is middle-of-the-road, status quo. Hybridized professionals feel they are misunderstood and underappreciated because your corporate culture marginalizes them. Hybridized professionals perceive the problem to be everyone else’s but theirs (Think Kermit the Frog®: “It isn’t easy being green.”) Some corporate cultures leave things as they are, hoping these hybridized professionals will self-select themselves out of the company, seeking work elsewhere. As a result, when neither side of the business table addresses what is obviously out-of-place, these talented professionals become HR (human resources) pains-in-the-butt.
Hiring and cultivating hybridized professionals within your company is key to driving your organization towards innovative business growth. They are resources for forward momentum and the future of your organization. They should not continue to be regarded as exceptions to the rule. They should not be made to feel like square pegs trying to fit into round, status quo corporate cultural holes.
Are you selling your company short, over the long haul, due to the manner in which you regard your valuable hybridized professionals?
Babette N. Ten Haken builds holistic, innovative, productive and profitable teams focused on excellence in the execution of strategy. Her Playbook on collaboration hacks, including tools, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com.