The wrong kind of individual contributor will kill your company

by Glenn Handler

An individual contributor, someone who pursues a career path that doesn’t involve management, can be just as valuable as a director who manages 10 to 100 people.

The key is to make sure you hire the right kind of individual contributor (IC). Some ICs take the “individual” part of their title too far. They prioritize their own impact and ignore the achievements of the rest of this team. What you want is someone who might better be called a “team contributor.”

I’ve seen companies get burned because they did not consider that teamwork matters when hiring and evaluating the performance of ICs. But it does. Read more…