You might have heard of the “Netflix Keeper Test”. This is a part of their culture where a manager asks themselves if one of their reports were to leave, would they fight for them.
And if not, then they part ways with that person with a nice severance and warm handshake. It’s a way in which they ensure they have the right people - enough talent density as they put it.
It’s interesting in the zany way of Netflix. But it also feels callous and unnecessarily harsh.
So how about the opposite … a test to determine if you’d wanna keep someone no matter what. I call it “The Clone Test”.
You just ask yourself the following - if it was technologically possible and ethically allowed would you clone the person several times in your team or not. And if yes, then you know you have some high performer type person.