Word-Of-the-Week #763: Talent

March 21, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #763: Talent 

Talent possessing an innate ability, aptitude, or faculty for accomplishment.

How adept are you at finding a better or easier way to accomplish tasks at work? Are you receptive to new ideas from someone much younger than you?

This week’s WOW comes from long time friend Joe who had this to say about working with younger generations.

“What I have enjoyed most about younger workers I have dealt with over the years is that they are very adept at finding better and easier ways to accomplish tasks in the workplace. 

Their grasp of the potential of technology in the workplace has helped save time, energy and money.  

As much as they want to progress in their careers, they have a realization that it is just a job and it does not define them. Also, they realize that this is not going to be the only job they work in their lives, so if things don’t work out they will go someplace else. 

Now, that does not please a lot of old school employers who expect conformity in every aspect of the job. Younger workers like flexibility so that they can give their best in the time they are in the office. 

The young people I have worked with, in a number of cases 18 to 20 years younger than I, still had a respect for the knowledge and experience I brought to the table and they were not afraid to ask questions.  

Employers have to realize that they can’t be demanding in the workplace or they will continue to lose good, young talent. 

And it is the good, young talent that invigorates workplaces and keeps them competitive for the future.”

This week’s focus is on talent. Do you fully grasp the potential of technology in your workplace? Have you lost good workers because management was too demanding? How flexible is the company you work for?

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Word Of the Week #554: Talent

March 19, 2015 by · Comments Off on Word Of the Week #554: Talent 

Talent possessing an innate ability, aptitude, or faculty for accomplishment.

Do you want to be more successful at work? Do you have a desire to be promoted to a higher position or move to a different company? What talents do you think you possess to help you achieve that?

This week’s WOW comes from Henry DeVries UT article titled, “3 key characteristics of talented employees.” He writes, “No matter what the job, there are certain qualities that all top-performing talent share, according to the owner of one of San Diego’s largest employers and the author of a popular book for those starting out or starting over in a career.”

“These are success skills applicable to almost any kind of work. They’re portable. You can take them with you from job to job. Master them and you are master of your fate,” says Phil Blair, co-owner of Manpower San Diego. He is the author of “Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting.”

His firm is San Diego’s fourth largest for-profit employer, providing about 3,500 jobs daily. a talent-bringAccording to Blair, here are three ways to be the talent that companies crave:

  1. Look and act promotable. You’ve got a job, but unless you plan to make it the last job you ever have, think long-term. Act like you’re a man or woman on a mission, always prepared to take the next step, to take your career to the next level. Dress accordingly. In fact, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Showcase your work when you can. Go above and beyond.
  1. Create value in everything you do. Don’t just cross things off a to-do list. If you have a job to do, do it well. Commit your best effort to all tasks, large and small. That might be challenging at times, but people notice.
  1. Be resourceful. Think outside the box. If you’re doing a job and you see a better way to do it, speak up (in a polite, respectful way). Anticipate problems and find answers before they’re needed. Don’t be afraid to do a little legwork, a little sweating before it’s necessary. It will always pay off.

A bonus tip from Blair: Always offer to work with key customers. “They are your magic carpet to being invaluable to your company,” says Blair. “If the company’s largest customer loves you, your boss will love you too.”

This week’s focus is on the talent you bring. Are you willing to go above and beyond what is expected of you? Do you put forth your best effort no matter how large or small the job assignment is? Are you able to anticipate problems and find answers before they’re needed?

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