I was taking a strengths assessment test at work – this is from Gallup, called strengthsFinder. As part of it, I read a beautiful definition of talent:
- Talent is the way we do certain things and not how much we can do
A truly revealing way to look at talent. We are trained to think that talent is what we can do best. Yes, Michael Jackson is a genius in singing, but it is how he sings that makes him different. If everyone could sing a song the same way, then there would be no distinction, right? As I looked at my strengths,
I asked myself – what is it that I can do well in the way I do it. You guessed it – it is writing. I am also good at sharing. So should I search for a new job? ha, ha! I don’t know yet at least.
Also, to get the best out of everyone, you should focus on their strengths including your own. You should ignore weaknesses, but should manage them. If you focus on developing areas of weaknesses you wouldn’t be utilizing the talent the individual has for the best of his or her ability. That is old school. Assuming you have a recruiting process that selects the very best candidates, strengths of everybody can produce better results.