By Myron A. Harmon
Myron A. Harmon is the Vice President of Global Talent Management and Development. Myron and his team are responsible for all aspects of human resources policies, objectives, initiatives and managing all items related to employee relations and development globally. He has over twenty plus years of experience in the areas of human resources, performance development, training and customer service.
German writer and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” Any organizational leader knows this to be true. But how can a leader encourage and guide employees to fulfill their potential in the workplace?
It has long been recognized that a leader’s ability to develop the talent in others into capabilities is one of a leader’s most important responsibilities. It’s also true that this is a necessity for organizational success in the long term. But without the right combination of awareness, strategy and competence, an employee’s talent can remain an untapped potential.
Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova takes another view of talent saying, “God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius.” Recognizing this, the wise leader will work with employees to help them channel their talent into fulfillment of organizational objectives.
At AchieveGlobal, we focus on helping leaders to realize talent in others by linking employees’ natural needs to prove their competence to the need of the organization to succeed. Pairing the right leader with a talented individual can result in the bringing to fruition of new work possibilities.
Exploring the employee’s interests: by investigating what they enjoy and don’t enjoy about their work.
- Matching interest to organizational needs.
- Co-creating a development plan: by asking employees about their aspirations.
- Helping the employee leverage the new capability: by checking with the employee what they have learned and how they’ll use the insight gained.
A multitude of development activities can help leaders realize talent in others. Among these: knowledge-sharing events like a “lunch and learn,” peer coaching, networking, mentoring, and learning reviews.
And if you’re looking for ideas to inspire top performance from your team, forget the cash and threats – here’s a quickcast: The Surprising Truth about Workplace Motivation.