Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Tapping Natural Ability Lifts Workplace Output

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Tapping Natural Ability Lifts Workplace Output

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BE A TALENT magnet...

C[pounds sterling]I not only use all the brains that I have but all that I can borrow.C[yen] Co Woodrow Wilson.

In the challenging labour market, we need more than ever to attract talented people... to be a talent magnet rather than a talent scout.

Research has shown that people are attracted to an organisation if they know they will be appreciated, that their talents will be recognised and valued and that they will be encouraged to work within their core genius.

When someone is operating within their core genius... they are doing what they excel at, what they really enjoy, and what will generate real value to them and their organisation Co often it comes naturally, without extra effort. It is a very productive space to be in and it is where people should be at least 80% of the time.

Employers who are able to identify each person's core genius and create opportunities for them to contribute their value to the organisation as a whole, will gain leverage significantly from the talent that resides within their people. It's clear that we are more willing to contribute when we're doing what we love to do, and knowing that what we do is making a difference.

Some companies that have become talent magnets have built organisations without the structure or limitations of an organisational chart. They have instead created roles around talents so that their people are working within their core genius and are connected so their skill sets complement those of others. It is not just the leaders but the entire team who benefit from the genius of the people contributing without condition.

Mostly we know how to identify the extent of a candidate's abilities, and there are tools which help us determine a culture fit with our organisation... but how do we identify someone's core genius? …

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