#1 – Does the individual have the skill to do the job well?
#2 – Do they have the time?
#3 – Do they have the passion?
I started using this set of questions as my litmus test a few years back and realized they really did make my job easier when selecting who should take on a key role. Most often you can create a long list of those who meet 2 out of the 3 criteria but the list rapidly shortens when you consider all three. Go ahead; think about a major new role in your company or a project that requires a lead or a manager who could use some help from a team leader. If you’ve hired well you will probably have a long list of those who have the skill to take on the assignment. But who truly has the time AND the passion in addition to the skill. In a prior role we were looking to find someone to run a new team; a team that we believed would be critical to our growth in the coming year. When I added the third criteria, passion, the ideal individual quickly rose to the top of my list.