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How To Discover Your Team’s Talent


Each of our clients works with an unbelievably talented team. But they don’t always know it!

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In our book Your Intentional Difference: One Word Changes Everything, (written by Ken Tucker, Shane Roberson, and Todd Hahn) we talk at length about the concept of prevailing talent, which we define as “your spontaneous, observable, reliable, and measurable patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving,”

Here is an exercise we use to help teams understand their prevailing talent as individuals and as a whole and how great it is to spend most of your time using your talent. We call it the Energy Exercise.

First, think about the last time you went home at the end of a day energized and full of life. Ask yourself two questions:
1. What had you done that day?
2. What particular and individual talents had you tapped into that day in your life and work?

Now, turn the question on its head. When was the last time you finished a day drained, exhausted, maybe even a little depressed? Ask yourself three questions:
1. What had you done that day?
2. What particular and individual talents that you have were you tapping into that day?
3. What particular and individual talents that you have were you NOT tapping into that day?

Consider asking this question on a widespread basis – maybe in one on one meetings or as part of a group exercise. You will begin to energize your culture and unearth ways to get people living in their prevailing talent!