For the past two days, I've been tossing around the idea of writing about talents. It's no secret that I am invested in them as a leadership consultant and trainer for high-performing teams. But lately I've been thinking more and more about their magnetism.
However, like most things, I quickly "squirrelled" to another idea (more on that later, lol) and was a paragraph in when my six-year-old son came home from school and immediately informed me, "Daddy, I learned about magnets today!" I know a sign when I see one.
So, you'll soon read about talents, how everyone has them, and how unique they are. But first, we are going to talk about talent magnets and the steps you (as your talented self) can take as well as those that organizations can address to ensure that both are aligned. No need having the wrong talent in the wrong organization or you'll undoubtedly build the wrong teams.
David Lee asks, in an article for the American Management Association, what exactly attracts people to companies when employee surveys show that money and benefits packages aren't at the top of the list?
So, as an organization, if you want to ensure that you are attracting (like a magnet) the right talent to form your teams then the following is your guide. Prospective team members pay attention!
Embody a mission and vision that captures the minds, hearts, and souls of your team members.
Continuously communicate the mission, vision, and values to your people.
Define and communicate the role each team member has in making the vision a reality.
Give team members the tools, resources, and freedoms to make a difference.
Let team members hear the "voice of the customer" to keep them grounded in the bigger picture. They are the closest to your customer as well as your products or services.
I wrapped up the conversation asking my son what he understood about magnetic force and how attraction is only slightly stronger than repulsion, but it's still stronger. I asked if he understood why that was the case and he said, "or course, it's called magic!"
He's pretty smart for a six-year-old, it is magic.
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