Do you possess that sense wonder that rolls out unique talents? When organizational growth depends on making more products, in less time, with fewer people for increased dollars, what do you grow?
If you crave innovation’s wealth more than mass production, it’s worth another glance at top talent development. See why kindergartners beat out business school students in the marshmallow talent match below.
What lessons can talent teach you about the innovation era we’ve entered.
1. Surprises – Talent springs up when least expected, and often delights from obscure corners. It may wait for your nod backstage of politics, rhetoric, or unfair advantages. Or much like Susan Boyle’s brand, it may wait a lifetime, and almost miss recognition.
2. Questions – Talent responds to questions by proposing novel solutions. IQ sometimes springs up when least expected, and delights from unexpected corners, where you fail to search. Talent often waits for a nod backstage of politics, rhetoric, or unfair advantages.
3. Compels – Talent in a dying 47 year old professor, inventor, and leader, Randy Pausch, reminds you to begin now all that hope to achieve over a lifetime. A father of three small children, Randy’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, with six months to live, only increased the urgency to develop talent, as he responds in this video to the question: What would you say if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum of everything that was important to you? Randy’s last lecture summed up talent’s urgency that few people live.
4. Excels – Talent comes from the younger set who embrace the courage to win first, and then to teach those much older than themselves, with the talent few find and develop.
5. Invents – Young William Kamkwamba harnessed the wind to power his family’s home, by building an electricity-producing windmill, after a famine hit his country in Malawi.
6. Partners – Talent links to others in ways that build community, inspire goodwill and hold onto hope that’s bigger than life. Check out this amazing choir, in the Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, in Welland, Ontario.
7. Challenges – Talent innately moves others to participate at improved levels, and video excites people to grow new talent for global recognition. Check out Chris Anderson’s illustrations of challenges through dances that went viral.
8. Investigates – Dr. Jill Bolte illustrates how the normal human brain works with talent, what a stroke brain suffers and loses, and how the brain’s plasticity causes talent to remap and change in newly discovered ways.
9. Facilitates – Talent brings people together to share intellectual opportunities where winning solutions build larger than any one offering, and become more than the sum of participants. In this case the kindergartners’ talent beat business students, who are trained to look for the “one right answer.”
10. Laughs – Talent brings laughter to the table in ways that capture more brainpower from both genders.