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Leveraging Talent Examples
Throat singing is a rather rare and peculiar talent. For this CEO itwas his party trick, something he found he was able to do whenvery young. Encouraged by his parents to demonstrate in front of friends and neighbours, people enjoyed his performance and foundit fascinating. As a young man, he was unafraid to stand in front of an audience and give speeches. He joined the university debatingsociety where his commanding voice quieted everyone present. "Ilike to entertain people, and I like to make them think" he says.
"Running was all I ever wanted to do. I'd get up early everymorning and race the postman on his bike. For me, it was freedom.Now, I run with my team, we race the competition and we enjoy thefreedom we gain from our bonuses and commission."
"As a kid, I was always drawing. I loved to draw. Cartoonsespecially, and comics. When I was at primary school I drew myfirst comic which turned into a series and a long story - intricatelyentwined with sub-plots and different characters. By the time I wentto university, I'd all but stopped drawing, taking accountancybecause that's where the jobs were. Today, I guess I'm still drawingcomics in a way. I look for the sub-plots in the accounts, what's theother story behind the main one and that's how I teach my staff.Look for the sub-plots - it makes auditing a whole lot more fun."
"Calculus was easy. Everyone else thought it was really difficult andstupid, but I found it easy. I'd get a thrill from finding the rightanswer. It's obvious to me now, my recipes are just a form of calculus, and you take ingredients A and B and turn them into X. Idon't 'think I'll tell my chefs that, they might think I'm a nerd andnot the great artiste.""I first acted in a play at kindergarten. I was atree. But I was the best tree ever. My parents adored my acting,always encouraging me; in fact they wanted me to continue throughdrama school and everything. I think they thought I would be amovie star. I did try for a while when I went to university but Inever had any money. After uni, I joined a local drama club, metmy wife and we soon had our first child. So I left the acting worldand joined a local bank - great prospects, regular wages and, asubsidised mortgage. I suppose that a COO is rather like a directorin a play, making sure that the right people are in the right place atthe right time with the right script. Brilliant!"
"I was always the joker of the family. No matter what happened Ihad to make a joke out of it. My brother bore the brunt of most of my wilder practical jokes - and some of them weren't really funnyat all. Still, it was fun. It got me in a lot of trouble at school. In theend I quit school and worked on a market stall. I worked for thisreally sour faced bloke selling vegetables - blimey he wasmiserable. He hated my joking with the customers, but they loved itand kept coming back, so he didn't 'stop me. I'm still a joker, I likea laugh and I like to keep the guys happy. I suppose being thecentre of attention does something for me. That's why I set this up
(the company), being the centre of everyone’s' attention and we
make money. I always say, if you can't have a laugh while yourliving life then life will laugh at you."