The pyramid of talent emergence

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Learning

This pyramid of talent emergence exists in nearly every organization:

  1. Hiring talented new employees into the organization
  2. Helping employees who already work in the organization to become more talented
  3. Identifying how the organization is holding back talented employees from emerging naturally

Most efforts are dedicated to number one: it's easy, it's sexy, and there are open positions to be filled.

Number two receives attention, though talent development investment and program quality varies by organization. The best are very good, the rest seemingly are not.

Number three is nearly universally ignored.

What's often missed in most conversations about "talent" is ... how anyone becomes talented.

Talent isn't something a person is born with. It's a set of abilities developed by the individual through deliberate practice, experience, and learning. Another name for this process could be: work.

So organization systems, at a minimum, should not prevent an individual from developing their talent.

And at their best, organization systems should actually, truly, meaningfully support an employee's talent development. Those organizations are rarer than we might like to believe.

But they've already flipped the pyramid.

Through The Work is a creativity development studio for healthcare people embracing The Transforming—the always-happening, always-unfolding state of change in your job ... and using it to make more of the change you know should be happening, happen.

The Transforming is the most important professional opportunity of our careers—one that will lead to new job opportunities, real change, and a transformed industry for all of us and everyone else.

My name is Drew Weilage and I work in healthcare, too. At Through The Work, I help people like you make develop a creative practice to do your best work.

Oh, and pep talks! Get a pep talk when you need one: big day, bad day, or any day at all. Text me at 646-450-2465 or send me a note.

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