Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Take Charge of Your Talent

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review - Take Charge of Your Talent

Take Charge of Your Talent
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About the Book
Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life provides the keys to help people tap their amazing potential and enjoy lasting results in their work, families, and communities.

The most precious assets on the planet are the talents we have. Yet, few of us give much attention to developing them. Unlike physical resources, talents do not become depleted. What’s more, when you develop and apply your talents, you can help others explore and enjoy theirs as well.

We are on a mission to help people take charge of their talent. We want you to join the thousands of people in dozens of organizations who have used proven keys to unlock their potential and followed straightforward steps to enjoy more of their talents.

“Take Charge of Your Talent invites each of us to explore and enjoy more of the talents within us.”

~ John Steinhart, Silicon Valley HR expert, former Director, Stanford Sloan Executive Program

Use the Take Charge of Your Talent Manifesto as a foundation to share the hope of talent development that works for all. As more people use the keys, each of you will have more support for your own growth—and we will all benefit.

The Take Charge of Your Talent Manifesto

1. We each have untapped talents and opportunities for greater satisfaction.

Satisfaction corresponds closely with how much of our talent we put to use. Experience shows that even hard-working people who are the best and brightest people in their field typically have 30–40 percent of their talent untapped. We have a wealth of opportunities to contribute to the world and improve our personal well-being. We just need help to figure out how.

2. Accessing our hopes helps us to get out of our own way and stimulates better results.

Our brains work both to protect us and to help us grow. When we are in a hopeful frame of mind, we engage the parts of our brains that specialize in creativity, insight, and development of alternatives. We need all these faculties to tap our talents and enjoy them more fully.

3. We can be Talent Catalysts for one another to generate new ideas and precipitate action.

With carefully targeted questions, generous listening, and a focus on action, Talent Catalyst Conversations help us to look at our careers and lives from a new angle. We can readily learn and share these conversation skills with others.

4. Abundant resources are available to help us realize our deepest hopes.

Each of us has access to far more resources than we may think. Indeed, a useful talent is learning how to identify and attract the resources we need.

5. We can get the time we need to pursue our hopes and take charge of our talent.

One of the biggest blocks people cite as getting in the way of their talent development is a lack of time and focus needed to pursue their hopes: “I could do it if only I had time.” We can be like surgeons and slice through overwhelming workloads to do what’s most valuable.

6. The self-organizing culture of talent development creates enduring assets and fulfillment for individuals and organizations.

Pumping up the troops with inspiration from the top brass or from outsiders can feel good but is often short-lived. While inspiring leaders can give us a jump-start, we need to be running off our own batteries to stay engaged. Truly sustainable motivation rests within each of us. Trusting people to engage their hopes and giving them permission to pursue what’s important to them produces results in many ways. We feel more responsible for our organizations because they become ours, as we helped to create and foster the talent that fuels them.

7. Everyone can participate because the “See one, do one, teach one” approach supports a culture of accessible and self-organizing talent development.

Talent wants to flow freely. Indeed, the movement to take charge of your talent can go viral in the positive sense that it is a highly constructive and contagious process. As one participant learns the process, serves as a Talent Catalyst, and then teaches someone else, that person can serve and teach others. The process builds a network of learners and teachers such that talent emerges within us and all around us.

Are you ready to explore the bright horizons ahead for you and your organization?

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My Take on the Book
This was an interesting read about how to engage and motivate your employees to take full advantage of all of the talent that they inherently hold within. By embracing these concepts I can tell that not only can you take control of your own talent but you can leverage the people around you and the people who report to you to create a team that will be able to achieve even more.

I loved how this book encourages learning and testing as these are things that I am constantly encouraging in my workplace and this book is a great reinforcement of this.

One of the things that makes this powerful is that it asks the questions that need to be asked and challenges you throughout the book to make changes that will help change personal and professional patterns.

I have always said that I want to be a person that encourages and inspires others to be better than they currently are and this book provides me with additional tools to not only make myself better, but helps me in helping others as well!

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