Some top geeks I know are fast at reading code + logs. Few rely on documentation. I’m OK not the fastest.
Some top geeks in “sister” teams of my team are experts with instrumentation tools and techniques. I guess other top geeks seldom need a lot of instrumentation. I feel they lack the experience but make up for it in other skills.
Some top geeks keep gaining depth if they focus on one complex system. I might have potential here.