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Leveraging Talent

Leveraging Talent

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Published by Dr John Kenworthy
How do you leverage talent somone has (and everyone has talent!) into the workplace so that you and they enjoy work more?
How do you leverage talent somone has (and everyone has talent!) into the workplace so that you and they enjoy work more?

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Published by: Dr John Kenworthy on Oct 30, 2010
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GAINMORE™ Advantage Coaching Template
 
Copyright Dr. John Kenworthy © 2010 all rights reserved 
This template may be used by certified and registered GAINMORE™
 Advantage Coaches only or by Coaches in trainingunder supervision.Use by any other person is a violation of our Intellectual Property 
Leveraging Talent 
A leader who knows the talents and strengths of every teammember has a significant advantage over a leader who does notknow.Leveraging that talent to the workplace is most often a simplematter of making the
connection between the way a persondoes a talent, and the way they do something at work
.Most people enjoy using their talent. If their work becomes amatter of using a talent they already have and enjoy, they willenjoy their work. This raises the level of motivation, improvesperformance and generates significant business impact
.
Can any talent be leveraged to work?
In our experience, yes. The process to leverage talent is:
 
Identify the talent. This is for many people the most difficultpart. Unless they have an obvious talent such as painting,music, acting, singing and so on. Indeed, most people believethat they do not actually have any talent! So let me stresshere, that everyone has talent!
o
 
Ask your client what they are especially good at doing, perhapssomething they rea
lly enjoy. Take time to explore this… they
do have a talent.
 
Ask them how they DO the talent.
o
 
The most common response is “I don’t know, I just do it…” 
 
o
 
This is exactly what we are after here. They are unconsciouslycompetent at the talent.
 
Break down the DOING of the talent into discrete steps.
 
 
GAINMORE™ Advantage Coaching Template
 
Copyright Dr. John Kenworthy © 2010 all rights reserved 
This template may be used by certified and registered GAINMORE™
 Advantage Coaches only or by Coaches in trainingunder supervision.Use by any other person is a violation of our Intellectual Property 
Leveraging Talent 
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 ofriends 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 omy 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."

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