How does the average person figure out what their natural talents are?
Assuming you were not a musical child protégé, most people rely on a
parent, boss or Simon Cowell to tell them what they are naturally good
They may say things like “you have a knack for seeing the
big picture,” or “you are good with details”, and even “you are a
great cook.” At the core of each one of those examples is a talent
that you embody that you may or may not realize. In these instances
the talents may be strategic, analytical, and developer which are just
three of the thirty-four Gallup Strengthsfinder talents.
For most people, we think what we are good at (say seeing the big picture)
is something EVERYONE can do, they just chose not to. But that is not
WHAT IS A TALENT?
A talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or
behavior that can be productively applied. So why focus on your
talents (what you are naturally good at doing) versus where you have
no talent (say public speaking)? Because people working in their
- up to 10 times more productive than the average worker
- are more productive both at work and at home
- are less stressed, happier, healthier
- they have a LOT of energy!
Instead of spending your energy getting marginally better at something, spend your focus on an area you have a talent and turn it into a strength. It simply is
a better, faster and easier return on your time investment.
IS A TALENT ALSO A STRENGTH?
Not necessarily, you have to do some work for that to occur. How do
you turn a talent into a strength? You add skills, knowledge, and use.
Just like a plant has to be nurtured, so do your talents. Therefore a
strength is a consistent, near perfect performance in an activity you
love doing. The last part is key because you may have many things you
are good at but don’t enjoy doing – like emptying the dishwasher or
balancing the checkbook.
When you take the Gallup Strengthsfinder assessment, it will provide
your top five talents themes of the thirty-four that have been
identified. They are: achiever, activator, analytical, arranger,
belief, command, competition, connectedness, consistency, context,
deliberative, developer, discipline, focus, positivity,
responsibility, restorative, communication, maximizer, self-assurance,
significance, adaptability, empathy, harmony, includer,
individualization, relator, futuristic, ideation, input, intellection,
learner, strategic, and woo (winning others over.)
So what is your strength(s)? How could identifying your strengths make a difference in your business?
As a speaker, author, blogger and certified professional coach, Karen Mooney helps women awaken their unique voice to transform themselves and their organizations. She is a certified Gallup coach and Core Clarity instructor. Karen helps leaders transform their team’s talents into competitive advantage. To learn more about Karen, visit her website at www.karentransforms.com