السبت، 5 يناير، 2013

Have you got the career X-Factor?


What's your X-Factor? It's an unlikely question to get at your next job interview, but it may be just what the
recruiter is looking for.


"The most successful companies and people of today are those who manage to tap into their X-Factor, their uniqueness; that skill or quality that makes them special," says Copenhagen Business School professor Flemming Poulfelt.
In his latest book, "Return on Strategy: How to Achieve it" Poulfelt and his co-authors examine how companies can reap maximum benefit by using their unique X-Factor as a strategy. "We question the typical recipe game -- the notion that there is one formula for success such as put out by traditional management research," says Poulfelt. On the contrary, he says the X-Factor universe is populated by mold breakers like Apple, Google and Ryan Air, who have what it takes to stand out in an increasingly global and competitive environment. "They think differently and they operate outside the box," he says. The idea of an X-Factor as the winning gene is as true for people as it is for businesses, says Poulfelt, noting individuals like Mozart, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates -- who all managed to tap into a unique skill or quality to stand out from the 
crowd. Peter Hills, owner of the UK-based recruitment company Untapped Potential, agrees, saying more companies are looking for that unique aspect in their employees. "Most of the companies that are breaking ground and moving forward are doing it because they are managing to engage their employees and get their ideas," says Hills. "If you ask 12 people in a room to do a two-minute introduction, what will happen is that whoever goes first sets the pace. If you start talking about family first, everyone else will do that. But then there is that person who goes to the front and says, 'I'm going to talk about something different.' That eccentric nature may well be an X-Factor." Experts agree that some of the common qualities these people and companies exhibit -- such as creativity, innovation, and out of the box thinking -- are more important then ever. But having the X-Factor does not necessarily require you to step to the front of the room. The X-Factor is indefinable, uniquely your own, and according to Hills, something we all have. So, here is some expert advice on how you can ensure your X-Factor sees the light of day. Unleash your X-Factor in the right environment "Make sure you go to a company you really want to work for," says Hills. "Most job seekers use the spray, or shotgun, effect and hope the job comes off, but you have to match the whole person, from values to personality, skills, and attitudes to the company. Then you will have a far higher success rate." Danny Heaton, a marketing manager with UK based Craghoppers, and with Bear Grylls, was placed by Hills' recruiting company and says: "The right fit is absolutely key. If I had gone to a company with a very corporate structure I would do dreadful. It would chip away at my confidence and I would never be successful.

Source By Elizabeth Yuan, CNN

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