Some people think talent is overrated. That’s because they can’t seem to figure out a way to get their hands on the talent they need to take their businesses to the next level. So instead, they convince themselves that slow and steady workers will win the race. Leaders of these companies will keep plodding along, and if they are lucky they’ll experience modest growth, while new comers will enter the field and take their industry by storm. Others won’t be so lucky, as they’ll be taken out by a wave they never saw coming.
I can’t think of one single business where people don’t matter. You can have the greatest ideas in the world, but if you can’t implement them, then what good will this do you? That’s why you need talent.
Now here’s the thing about talent. It comes in different shapes and sizes. Did anyone ever think at first glance, Susan Boyle would turn out to be as talented as she is? You can’t just look at someone and believe they are talented because they look like you or because they went to the same college as you did. No, you have to invest the time necessary to ascertain whether the person in front of you has the talent you need to thrive in your business. This usually requires knowing what questions to ask and more importantly, how to interpret the answers you receive. After all, everyone who shows up for auditions at American Idol thinks they’ve got talent. It’s not until the curtain is raised, that we can see for ourselves how deep this talent really goes.