Talent—you have it, but are you using it? Whether it’s your own talent or that of your people, chances are you may be leaving some of it on the table. When authors of the new book, Take Charge of Your Talent, polled more than 1,000 employees at both non-profit and for-profit organizations, big and small, individuals reported that they were not using between 30 percent and 40 percent of their talent. How much of your own talent could you be missing out on?
According to authors Don Maruska and Jay Perry, getting the most out of your own talent begins with becoming the hero of your talent story. First, you need to recognize the story you are telling about your situation at work—good or bad, and then consider how that story can propel or limit you. From there, you will be able to reshape your story in order to bring about the outcomes you desire.
The next step is to express your deepest hopes. One way to connect to these hopes is through a talent catalyst conversation, which involves having a simple one-hour, scripted conversation with a colleague, friend, or support person. During that time you can get in touch with your hopes, generate action steps for realizing them, and uncover your resources for following through.
For more on how to unlock the full potential of your talent—and to help others do the same pick up a copy of the book here.