How to find
REACHING THE TOP of your game means
understanding those things you are truly
good at. This takes some soul searching.
Toolbox magazine 3/2010
Akio Morita, the founder of Sony Corporation, was
expected from childhood to take over the family
business, but decided to run an electronics start-up.
This was no easy decision at the time, as he was the
oldest son of a family whose enterprise dates back to
1665 and heavily expected to take over the business
from his father. But, instead, Morita found his true
calling in mathematics and physics.
What is your calling? What are your strengths?
While you’ve likely heard of comparative
advantage in the context of international
trade the same theory also applies to
your natural talents. Figure out what is
worth concentrating your time and leave
the rest to someone else.
*) Countries should not try to be self-sufficient, but should specialize in the
things they do best and trade for the rest – everyone wins in the process.
When you think of new talent, chances are
the face of someone young and fresh to the 3
company appears in your mind.
When it comes to talent, senior employees are
probably where you should look first. Seniors are
not easily dazzled by smoke-and-mirrors and
understand substance from fiction, which comes in
handy when important decisions are made. While
younger staff members may have more
enthusiasm, with age comes patience – and the
wisdom to carefully ponder the consequences of
If you want a practical guide on how to use social
media to find talent within your company, look to a
book called The Social Factor (IBM Press, 2009)
by Maria Azua, vice president of Cloud Computing
for IBM Enterprise Initiatives. The book gives loads
of real-life examples on how you can use blogs,
wikis and employee profiles inside companies and
what they can do for your business.
Are you a
Social intelligence is incredibly important. People
who are people-savvy just get it. Find out more in
the book Social Intelligence (Random House, 2007)
by Daniel Goleman. Click...
Emotional intelligence includes having the confidence to
hire people who are smarter than you are. Read more at
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (TalentSmart, 2009) by Travis
Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The book includes a test
that lets you score your EQ.
More books to read...
Harvard Business Review on Managing Yourself
(Harvard Business School Press, 2005)
Outliers: The Story of Success
(Little, Brown & Co, 2008)
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class
Performers from Everybody Else
(Portfolio Trade, 2010)
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