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Talent Management Excellence Essentials January 2015

Talent Around You Open your eyes to it, then spark it By Paul Elsass “John, you work in accounting. We need you to be focused on accounting only. It’s great that you have experience and skills in marketing, but if we let you help the marketing department out, you wouldn’t be able to get your primary job duties done.” Have you ever had a leader in a company say something like this to you or someone you know? The fear of asking employees to use more of their talents and experiences, with concern that they will do less work, is rampant among many employers. I understand the thinking, but I believe that perhaps there is something leaders are missing here. As human beings, we need to feel valued. The fact of the matter is that the more a company relies on the full gambit of our talents, the more fulfilled we are in our jobs. This fulfillment makes our jobs more enjoyable…and guess what…we can actually produce more because of it, not less. Let’s go back to “John”. John has many years of experience in marketing and took courses in college. He has a passion for it. However, John fell into an accounting career because he also had talent there and it was the only job available to him at the time. The company could continue with the belief that asking John to help with marketing would distract him and cause him to get less done. Another thought, though, is that perhaps en-gaging FEATURE John more with his passions would invigorate him and spark him to reach new heights. In the past, I wrote an article entitled “Follow This System to Find Your Dream Job”. The basic theory is that the more checkboxes you fill, as an employer, when matching an employee in the 4 areas of experience, education, skills and passion to the job, the more productive and happy they will be. Let’s face it, you can hire a person who has a track record in any particular skill that is astronomical. This, however, does not guarantee that this person will do the same for your company. No matter what his/her potential is, if you do not tap into what drives him/her as a person, you will never get the full potential. Thus, if you asked “John” to do other general duties, in addi-tion to accounting, you would likely be right, and he might get less accounting done. On the other hand, if you struck a chord with him and lit his fire, by letting him use more of his passion and skills, you would find that he could do more than you ever dreamed possible. On top of that, he will likely keep working for you long term. I worked for a startup company in the past. I was hired to work on B2B partnerships. However, I had a background which lent itself to providing much more to the company. I was so motivated when I started to help in other departments. I could help with product development, direct sales, social marketing and more. All of these skills were in my arsenal of tools from previous jobs and education. I wanted to impress them and see the company succeed beyond measure. I offered to help in various areas, in addition to getting my primary job done, and each time I was told, “No, you need to put your blinders on and just do what we asked you to do”. It was a total waste of my experience, education, skills and passion. I succeeded at what they asked me to do, but I could have done so much more. What a loss for everyone! Today, I challenge everyone out there… • Don’t just look to discover “hidden talents”, but explore the ones that are right in front of your face (even if they are not what you were specifically looking for). • Capitalize on what drives people. • Give people room to grow. • Let them give you everything they have to offer. If you do this, you will be shocked at what great things can happen for both the employees and the company. You took the time to hire the best, so why not let them be their best?!? Never, EVER, waste talent. Period. ITM Since 1989, Paul Elsass has worked in multiple verticals within the fitness and wellness industry. He has helped people improve the quality of their lives through personal training, program design and creative thinking. He has led sales and business development successfully for many organizations and is known for achieving the goals consistently.  Email pelsass@hotmail.com Follow @pelsass Connect Paul Elsass Talent Management excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 01.2015 Submit your Articles 17


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