We use different metrics to make our judgment, anything from formal appraisal process to gut feelings, which renders the results incomparable. There is however one method you may use to decide about competence of different people, from junior team members to your managers.
The ultimate test of competence:
Ask yourself whether you’d hire the person to your own dream company to work in the same role.
If the answer is “I don’t know really” you should count is as “no.”
If you’d pay someone your own money to have them in the team and in the company it is obvious indicator telling that you consider the person as competent, non-toxic and cooperative. The same situation is with leaders – if you’d like to hire someone as a manager in your dream company they can’t suck. Or do they?
If you ask me, I’d hire my whole team in my own company. After all, this isn’t the first organization we all work in.
Now think how many of your current colleagues and managers you’d want to see as a part of your own business. I’m curious to hear your answers.