Ready To Seize Your Opportunity? Be Gritty!

In today’s competitive market, companies continuously look for ways to put themselves at the top of their industries. But what makes the difference? Why are some companies constantly outperforming others?

Most people would answer this by saying those companies have more intellectual/ innovative employees, the newest tech gadgets, or better management tactics. But that is not necessarily the case. So what is the missing link between intelligence and performance? It’s employees with grit, says Angela Lee Duckworth.

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals,” Duckworth said in a recent TED talk. “Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.””

Grit is the number one indicator of high performance, surpassing even IQ testing. Having employees with grit means they are in it for the long run. They don’t just see the short term results but are determined to achieve the future rewards. They put forward their best effort, and when they fail they learn from it and work even harder.

The best thing about grit? It comes from within and has been around for centuries. The ability to learn and perform comes from the willingness to work hard and do your best. Regardless of who you are or where you came from, grit has limitless potential and anyone can build it. As Josh Linkner quotes in his article, Grit: The Top Predictor of Success, “Let old-school grit and determination serve as the catalyst to achieving your own personal greatness. You don’t need another tech gadget; just the same killer app that has been foundation of success since the beginning of civilization.”

So what does this mean for employers? If you want to be the best, you have to have the best and that means considering this attribute when screening potential candidates. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, created a questionnaire called “The Grit Test” which gives insight on how much grit you and your employees have and so you can build more of it. It is absolutely worth using, if you’re interested in becoming the next big thing!

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

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