Notice your talent before they leave you behind – 3 ideas to harness the potential of your talented people
Question: What happens if you don’t pay attention to your talented people?
Answer: They eventually stop paying attention to you.
But how do you connect more effectively with your employees to identify and grow your talent? Through years of coaching individuals at every level in many different industries, I’ve used many ways to harness individual potential. Here are my top 3 key things that can help you to maximise the talent in your organisation:
One-to-one coaching conversations with all your direct reports must be conducted regularly – at least once a month. One-to-ones need be no longer than 20 minutes but this investment can pay you back many times over as you build a trusting, supporting and challenging relationship with each person in your team. These sessions give you both the time and space to talk about ongoing performance, give and receive feedback and talk about career plans and development/ training pathways to help them achieve these plans.
When coaching your people, don’t give them all the answers. Get them to find out for themselves. Get them to create their own plans. Where appropriate, give them opportunities to try out new things. Check-in to see how they’re getting on but most of the time get out of their way. Their skills will grow but more importantly they’ll become more rounded performers with a wider skill set and they will grow in confidence - the key element for any team member who wants to be in a talent pipeline. They own their own development and growth within your business; you must enable the process.
3.Bond them as a team
Talent exists in lots of different shapes and forms – every person in your team and organisation has talent. Organising team-based events - offsite preferably – gives you and your team members the time and space to look strategically at the spread of strengths, skills and talents across the team. Incorporating a simply psychometric like MBTI® or Insights Discovery® can add massive value to your talent conversations by providing a deeper level of honesty and appreciation of each team member’s unique talents and abilities.
To foster a talent-focused culture in your business and across your teams adopt the leadership style of a career coach. It’s an approach where you must invest in your skills to coach effectively, carve out the time to meet your people regularly and build team cohesion. But the return on your investment, in terms of a more engaged workforce and a motivated and skilled talent pool will outweigh your investment significantly.
About Reg Friddle — Reg Friddle works with a wide range of large and small companies to help them improve the performance of their people. He is an award-winning corporate training, coaching and team building specialist. The Mission of his company, Preferred Future, is to provide the highest quality team building, training and coaching linked to measurable results which improve performance, productivity and profits.
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