Understand & Invest

Interacting with a colleague, many levels junior, you have come away with the feeling, “He / She has raw talent.” As the leader, you have the responsibility to act on this insight.

A raw Talent is a person who is naturally good at something but has not yet developed the ability fully. There are two aspects to natural talent; the “leverage” and the “current status.”

The Leverage: Raw Talent is talent that is innate to the individual; it originates within, be it due to genes, upbringing, environment or other such. When an ability is natural, the individual can grow it effortlessly. Moreover, the leverage is hidden in raw talent; developmental investment in developing that talent, in that individual will generate outsized returns.

Are your organization’s learning and developmental initiatives, sensitive to this leverage? If yes that would be wonderful. If not, what are you planning to do about it? Continue to invest in programs that spray all talent with the same paint?

Status: Raw Talent is “Raw” in the sense of a “Raw Mango” or a “Raw Banana.” While there is excellent inherent potential, it still needs to go through the process of maturity/refinement. We saw how A R Rahman and his music matured when he began working with Director Mani Ratnam, on the film, Roja.

Are the A R Rahman’s in your organization, getting exposure to the Mani Ratnam’s? If yes that would be great. If not, what are you planning to do about it?

Summing up, accept Raw Talent, with open arms. Give them customized developmental inputs and right exposure. Get great returns on your investment.

– by Ravi Santhanam for ZEUS

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