Talent – What is it?

Time Mastery Talent – What is it?Many years ago Bill Paige, a noted teacher-coach, opened his presentation with the words, “God does not create junk!” He went on to elaborate – saying that all of us have been given gifts or talents that allow us to succeed, and whether we use them, or not, is up to us. Many authors and speakers have underlined that whether we succeed or not, is to a very large extent- our choice!

No matter who you are, you have been given gifts or talents and, if you choose, you can develop them into a successful life. If you can conceive it in your mind, you can achieve it with the proper planning and action.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was once labelled by his teacher as being too stupid to learn anything. Later he is reputed to have said, “I have not failed, I have found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Can you imagine how many times along that road he was advised to give it up – that he had invested enough time already, and “It just won’t work”.
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No Jabs – A Better Way of Living

Recently I had the opportunity of spending some time with my brother Bob who is a retired educator, an entrepreneur and a former Mayor of the Town of Dunnville – a vibrant town at the mouth of the Grand River in southern Ontario.

Team Development No Jabs   A Better Way of Living	During his teaching career Bob had developed a “Spring Camp” with the motto “Everyone Helping Everyone Else”, appropriately displayed in the “gathering room”. This camp lasted for some 24 years.

Then, just before his time as Mayor, this motto probably provided the seed for his development of a philosophy for helping to enhance the effectiveness of people working together. This philosophy was subsequently applied to a Marina, Bed & Breakfast and Family Restaurant,which he developed on his property along the Grand River; and to his assistance in the development of a Leisure Living Community on thesame property.

His goal was to involve everyone, working together, in building the community of Dunnville.  To do this, he believed that it was necessary to have people thinking positively, acting positively, and with kindness. He recognized that there were many people in his community with experience and qualifications. On the other hand, there were people with commitment to the community, and time to share.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up August 2

dreamstimefree 238735 200x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up August 2What are our favorite articles this week about leadership and talent management? We’ve listed them here for you!

Fast Company: 30 Second MBA
Craig Donato, Founder And CEO, Oodle, addresses the question of “What do you do about the rogue, the bully, the diva on a team?” in this short video clip.

HBR Blog: Let’s Bring Back Accountability
An interesting article that defines what accountability actually means, and methods leaders and teams can apply it to meet goals and satisfy clients.
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Developing Success Oriented Teams

teamworkLife Developing Success Oriented TeamsIn today’s change oriented society and team based approach to the work environment, the success of the organization depends, more than ever before, on people working together effectively. This requires that each individual has a clear understanding of his/her personal strengths, a real appreciation of the difference in others, and how their strengths interact with those of others. This knowledge is the foundation for successful team development.

Each member of a team is an individual with his/her own characteristics and behaviorial preferences. Their success as an operating team will depend to a large extent on how well they interrelate and capitalize on the strengths of each individual.
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Delegating: A Leader’s Dilemma

Delegation Delegating: A Leader’s Dilemma   When faced with a new or additional task, the leader has three options: do it; delegate it, or forget it! There are a lot of potential consequences attached to that 3rd choice, so a better alternative would be to do it, or delegate it. Trying to do everything yourself, on the egotistical assumption that you can do it better, is a recipe for long term failure!

Delegation, on the other hand, can help to build team member skills and develop motivation. It has the potential to strengthen the team and build a more effective organization.

In today’s fast paced, and ever changing business environment, one of the leader’s many challenges is the maximization of resources. Leaders must be constantly developing new talent. One of the best ways to do this is through delegating tasks.
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360 Feedback – Love it or Loathe It?

TimeForFeedback 360 Feedback – Love it or Loathe It? Talk about feedback in any athletic environment and you will get almost unanimous support for feedback as a necessary ingredient for improved performance. Talk about 360 Feedback in a business environment and you will get a surprizing number of negative voices. There seems to be chasm between those who support the tool, and those who despise it.

Some of the common criticisms include:

  • It focuses on the negative rather than the positive
  • Allows persons to take “cheap shots” with anonymity
  • Raters are not qualified to judge performance
  • Managers can use it for evaluative purposes, while disguising it as “feedback”
  • Little or no support for implementation of results
  • Overly focussed on rating rather than development

Coach And A Student2 360 Feedback – Love it or Loathe It?
But let’s for a moment, focus on the tool, rather than on the errors in its use. First of all it is a feedback tool – not an evaluative tool. It is designed to provide feedback for improved performance, not for evaluation of performance and/or salary determination. That is why it is called “360 Feedback”. Its purpose is to provide information for enhanced performance and improved effectiveness for the individual. It may be axiomatic, but if other people are not prepared to help us in our search for growth areas, then there will be no opportunity to grow.

None of us are perfect! But most of us want to strive for perfection. Feedback can help in this process by identifying opportunities for improvement. That is its purpose!
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up July 5

bigstock Success 4936474 195x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up July 5Here are the top leadership and talent management articles of the past week:

Business Insider:  Successful Hiring Isn’t Just About Skills: It’s About Attitude
Although skill sets are the main reason why most talent is hired, attitude is what really counts, says Mark Murphy, author of Hiring For Attitude. This article reviews why, and some of the ways companies can benefit from hiring not just for talent, but how they’ll fit in the company.

New York Times: In France, M.B.A. Candidates Learn Leadership, in the Mud
An absolutely fascinating article on the methods and results of leadership courses held at France’s officer training school, Saint-Cyr.

Business Insider: MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees
Fred Wilson, VC and principal of Union Square Ventures and writer of the influential A VC, outlines a plan to retain employees – communicate, hire well, culture matters, career paths, assessment, and compensation.
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