Living in the Blue Zone and heading off unhealthy conflict is dependent upon and begins with self-knowledge.
If you have a group of people who know who they are, are comfortable with that, and are using who they are to accomplish significant things in ways that give them life then conflict of the unhealthy variety is much less likely.
One essential component of self-understanding is your Prevailing Talent.
Our colleagues Ken Tucker, Shane Roberson, and Todd Hahn have defined Prevailing Talent as “our spontaneous, reliable and measured pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving”. Your Prevailing Talent is what you do well without even thinking about it.
One of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time was Art Pepper. Pepper lived a difficult life with bouts of drug abuse and prison time. Fortunately, in the last few years of his life he got himself together and enjoyed his greatest success and triumphant tours. Even in his darkest days the one thing that never failed him was his talent.
Pepper was in the worst depths of his drug abuse when he received a unique challenge – and an opportunity. He had been asleep, sickened by his addiction, when he was awakened by his producer. He had come to take Pepper to a gig with the band of the legendary Miles Davis.
The only problem was that Pepper had overslept and had no time to get his drug fix before the session – and he was largely incapacitated without his drug crutch.
He was going to have to play his saxophone in his sickest, drug-neediest mode: half-conscious, physically ill, hardly able to stand up straight. You would think a disaster would ensue, right?
The sessions that day became Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section – one of the most highly regarded jazz albums of all time.
Imagine if you had to go to work or take care of a child while desperately ill. How could you not only function, but excel – have a legendary day?
You could do so only if your Prevailing Talent was set free to shine – if you knew your Talent and were committed to expressing it. And if the climate you worked in allowed your Talent to flourish.
Your Prevailing Talent oozes out of you, regardless of how you feel. It is so deeply ingrained in you that no obstacles or limitations – even self-imposed ones – can stop it from being expressed. As a matter of fact, your Talent is more than expressed – it PREVAILS!
Do you have a sense of your Prevailing Talent?
Our firm has special workshops designed to help you and your team identify your talents and learn how to work together to unleash the best in each other and avoid unnecessary conflict. You can learn more about those opportunities here.
To read more about Prevailing Talent, you can order Your Intentional Difference: One Word Changes Everything here.
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