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Is Talent a Thing?

Interesting perspective from a BBC podcast

This is a fascinating podcast from the BBC’s Analysis programme. We all look for talent when recruiting and we look to develop talent in our people. But does talent exist? This programme explores the concept of talent and includes some excellent references and sources. 

Talent

Wikipedia definition:

A talent is a group of aptitudes useful for some activities; talents may refer to aptitudes themselves.

It is the skill that someone naturally has to do something that is hard. It is an ability that someone is born with. People say they are “born with a talent”. It is a high degree of ability or of aptitude. Someone who has talent is able to do something without trying as hard as someone who does not have a talent. Someone who has talent is called talented.

Excerpt from BBC website:

When hiring people, is the concept of talent so ill-defined as to be useless? Entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan thinks so and explores what characteristics recruiters might want to look for instead.She argues that we need something new, as good grades and top degrees have proved no guarantee of high performance in the workplace. She talks to the recent head of HR (or “people operations”) at Google, the pioneer of the concept of a “growth mindset”, and the academic who found people’s intelligence increased over the course of the 20th century. She also hears about other measures like “grit”, “cultural fit” and how to interview people to find the candidate who is best for the job and the company, rather than the one you like.
Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

Click on the link below to go to the bbc website Analysis programme page.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dnkh8

or go to the bbc download page 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4vz/episodes/downloads

Tips on improving personal efficiency – Meetings – The objective

Personal efficiency

Personal efficiency can improve with self observation

Tips on improving personal efficiency – Meetings – The objective

Take a step back and look at all the meetings you attend, weekly monthly, quarterly.

Ask yourself the following questions about each meeting:

1. What is the objective of this meeting?

2. Is this objective achieved?

3. What is my objective for the meeting?

4. Is this the most efficient way of achieving my objective?

It is so easy to get into a routine on meetings, so that they become something we do without thinking. So much so that we can be sat there thinking ‘what am I doing here?’

Reviewing the objective can be the first step to seeing how we might improve efficiency in our meetings.

Assertive is not aggressive!

Assertiveness training works on your confidence

Assertiveness training works on your confidence

Assertive is not aggressive!

It is a common misunderstanding that assertive behaviour is aggressive.

To avoid this we use a simple definition.

Aggression; where one person only has an interest in their own point of view

Assertion; where a person expresses a balanced explanation of both points of view, whilst still expressing their own point of view.

When we’re assertive we do put our own point of view but we also recognise other points of view at the same time.

Tip on how to improve your performance

Motivation training

Motivation training from ITD helps managers and leaders motivate their teams

Tip on how to improve your performance in 2015

What can you do to improve your performance this year?

One tip is to review 2014.

What worked?

What didn’t?

What did you spend time on which ended up being a waste?

What could you learn from?

Who did well compared to you?

Where was your focus good and where was it not?

Did you try to do too much?

Did you try to do the wrong things?

Do you need training?

How to motivate your team?

Motivation is as personal as our finger prints, well almost.

Motivation is as personal as our finger prints, well almost.

How to motivate your team?

There is one simple step in order to motivate your team.

It is not radical.

It is not rocket science.

But many people forget.

Ask your team members what motivates them, and what de-motivates them. Then see what you can do as the manager to deliver on the former. Set their expectations and be creative in fulfilling their wants.

Then keep asking them, from time to time, to make sure you’re up to date.

What can we learn from this day in history?

   What can we learn from this day in history?

US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.

If you’ve never heard the voice recording of the Captain during the amazing landing in the Hudson listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLFZTzR5u84

See a video of the plan floating down the Hudson at //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mLKfRVU3qM

What can we learn?

  1. Stay calm, no matter how pressurised your work, it can’t be as bad as this.
  2. Leadership requires calm, thoughtful decision making.
  3. Under pressure, make decisions based on facts not emotions.
  4. Your voice delivers the message and in some cases is as important as the words.

How biorhythms can affect your day

Motivation training

Motivation training from ITD helps managers and leaders motivate their teams

How biorhythms can affect your day.

What are biorhythms? They are the natural ups and downs you experience in your day. Sometimes you feel highly energised, other times you feel a bit slow. Some people are best in the morning, others slowly improve during the day and are at their best in the evening.

Sometimes we are so busy biorhythms make no difference as adrenalin helps us to keep moving at a high pace all day.

But during relatively normal days biorhythms can have a big impact. For example; having a meeting during your low energy times can create a poor result.

Being aware of your natural biorhythms and planning what you do around them can help.

Low energy activities could include:

  • Filing
  • Emails
  • Organising

High energy activities could include:

  • Negotiating
  • Presenting
  • Meetings
  • Client interaction

being aware of and adapting to your biorhythms can have a big impact.

Written communication skills tip – plan

Written communication

Written communication skills training improves writing immediately

Written communication skills tip – plan

It’s a simple tip.

Before you start to write, plan.

Take a breath, consider what you are doing, who the target audience is, their perception of things, how they will receive your communication etc.

Make it a habit, something you don’t have to think about, that is, the habit of planning. Every time you start to write, stop and think and plan.