Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Engineers Must be Driven

My wife and I were discussing colleges with my son's Physics teacher, Robert Campolieto of Lawrence Academy.  Our son is interested in Engineering and Computer Science, and during the discussion, Mr. Campolieto said,
"Engineers must be driven ... it isn't good enough to just be smart or engage in discussion; engineers must be driven to produce results."
In the Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing (version 3.0), Joel Spolsky recommends hiring "smart people who get things done," and I feel "being driven" is a stronger way to summarize "get things done," since it implies that a person has an innate, internal motivation to accomplish things.  I now include "drive" as one of the key attributes I look for when assembling a team.  Driven individuals naturally inject energy into the team and create a sense of urgency that compels the rest of the team to move faster.

How driven are you?  What are you driven to accomplish?