Labeling skills as soft undervalues them. To prioritize skills such as communication, IT leaders must call them what they are in the digital era: Core.
Why CIOs should hire evangelists
Evangelists bring pride to their work: They know they are part of something bigger than themselves, says Monsanto CIO
When I am evaluating potential hires, there is one-word that drives my selection process: Evangelist. It’s a characteristic I hold above the rest.
Every role at Monsanto is critical to our success. In order to be a truly valued member of the team, each individual has to be able to tell the story of why their role matters and how it fits into the bigger picture of our digital transformation. Why? Because we have 20,000 employees around the world. They may or may not completely understand why are we transforming our network, or why are we developing a platform versus a project, or why are we doing agile versus waterfall when we could have just done it the old way.
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We need every single person to be an evangelist, not just competent in their skill set. They should be able to articulate and educate others on our journey. If they can’t evangelize, they’re going to be, at best, marginally impactful. They may do a great job in their space, but there’s so much opportunity that they will miss.
Evangelists can see their roles within the larger context of our journey. They bring pride to their work, because they know they are part of something bigger than themselves. That’s why I want everyone on my team to be an evangelist.