What is Talent
- October 22, 2020
- Posted by: vdtcomms
- Category: blog, remote work, VDT
A Talent (or gift, or aptitude) is the skill that someone has to do something very well that people usually like and that is difficult.
Talent, in this case refers to the fact that someone might or might not be a good fit for a position that a company is looking to fill at that moment in time.
Just because someone does not happen to be fit for a position within your company does not mean they do not have talent.
The question might be ‘does this person have the appropriate talent for this position based on what we have defined as the talent necessary to succeed in this position?’ how you choose to define talent for that position, whether it’s knowledge, skills and abilities, certification and experience is the key.
Have you asked yourself, how some people are more successful than others? Leaving aside luck, which equates to confessing that we don’t really know, there are really just two explanations: talent and effort. Talent is the abilities, skills, and expertise that determine what a person can do. Effort is the degree to which a person deploys their talents.
I am a firm believer that what is the right talent to an organization is not the right talent to another. We often come across candidates that we feel are stellar, “slam dunks’, the background everyone loves, and then they do not get an offer.
In my early days of recruiting I have scratched my head in the past and said ‘what did I miss? How is this candidate being passed over? Do they really think there is a better candidate out there? After long thought I kept coming to the same conclusion. Understanding the organization in which the talent is needed is the key to determining this definition of talent.
Thus talented people – the vital few – are the main driver of a company’s success, and companies will see much higher returns on investment if they devote more resources to the few people who are making a big difference, as opposed to trying to make the “trivial many” more productive.
Let’s not kill off the value of the word talent by calling everyone talented. Let’s reserve it for those that are really talented so we know who they are.
We should also remember that talent is what people have, not what they are.