In our continuing interview series with Craig, we’re chatting today about how every one of us really does have a talent.
1. What is talent when it’s at home?
Talent is permanent, but form can be temporary. A talent is your passion; a task, activity or ability that you deliver with ease, something that you’re naturally gifted at. However, you do have to work at it to improve it. As humans, we’re not perfect, which means occasionally our talent may not shine through as much as we would like it to. Consider Paul McCartney; a prolific songwriter and performer. People who may not enjoy his music still recognise his talent, but there are occasions when his talent can dip (in some people’s eyes – not Craig’s!) e.g. The Frog Chorus!
Even the world famous, uniquely talented footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who is passionate about football and works relentlessly hard at his craft can have bad days. At the time of writing, since joining Juventus he hasn’t been on his usual free-flowing scoring frenzy. Does this mean he’s not talented? No, it just means his form has dipped. He’s joined a new team and moved to a new country, which can impact his performance.
2. How do you stop your talent dipping?
Self-belief is critical to bringing the best out of your talent, especially when you notice a dip in form. Believing in what you do and that you can improve, is vital to getting yourself back to the top of your game. Even at work a successful sales person can go through a barren spell. They are still a great sales person, it’s just that right now, a variable such as a new manager or the working environment has shifted. The self-believing, positive thinking person (and the people around them) recognise the talent is still there and look at that shifting variable, rather than incorrectly assuming that the person has lost their talent.
3. What happens if you don’t have a talent?
Everybody has a talent and I truly believe that 100%. For me, a talent is something that you have that you’re naturally gifted at, that ignites a passion in your belly. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to work at it. For Ed, our Rambutan apprentice, it’s his ability to turn binary information into an engaging conversation. For David, our Rambutan Director, his skill is intaking incredibly disparate and opposing concepts and finding the golden thread that links them all together.
I believe I can speak to anyone and find their talent. You can challenge me to find your talent and I will. It could be solving a Rubik’s cube in super quick time or reciting Pi to a thousand digits. What happens though is society can make us believe that these abilities are not talents and therefore we choose not to see them as such.
4. How can an organisation develop talent in its employees?
Look beyond the role that people do. There will be people in positions within your organisation where their talent is not truly used. You may have a systems analyst who is an expert presenter or a team leader who is a brilliant strategic thinker. What about the fork-lift truck driver who is an amazing coach?
5. What techniques do you employ to improve your own talents?
I remind myself of my talents in a humble but positive way. I recognise that every day I can learn something new. I appreciate everyone around me who has a different talent. I learn from them about how they improve their talents to help me improve mine.
6. What are your top four tips on how to use your talents effectively at work?
- it‘s ok to believe in yourself. You may not be able to use your talent at work all the time, but your belief will radiate in everything you do
- analyse how you work on your talent to improve it and how you manage dips in form. Adopt techniques in your workplace to support you in overcoming challenges. Your talent is personal to you. You’re not in competition with anyone else who has a similar talent. Love what you do and do what you love – an old cliché but very true nonetheless
- find a Simon Cowell who can give you constructive (sometimes painful) feedback on how you can continuously improve #BGT
- enjoy your talent and be curious about discovering new ways it can be used
Thanks Craig, for your stunning suggestions. Now, to practice honing my talents (once I work out what they are!)
What weird and wonderful talents do you have (that are ok to share of course!)?