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What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently September 11, 2005

Posted by Coolguy in Management.
  • Greatest managers make a clear distinction between knowledge, skills, and talent
  • Taent is defined as natural recurring patterns of thought within a person.
  • While knowledge and skills can be taught, the greatest managers know that talent cannot be taught.
  • A key of management success is finding the right kind of person for any given job.
  • Each person has a unique set of talents making them unique. This set of talents defines who the person is and, more importantly, the kinds of work the person will enjoy
  • When a child grows, many brain cells exist. There are relatively few connections between the cells. Certain pathways between various groups of brain cells will be strengthened as the child grows. Other pathways will rarely be used. These seldom used pathways and cells will be pruned by the brain
  • E.g: ome people will be great at strategic thinking. Others will struggle with strategic thinking
  • Some people will have a talent for mathematics. Others won’t
  • Some people will be naturally empathetic and verbally fluent. Not so for others
  • Trying to make someone function in an area his or her brain hasn’t developed will lead to stress, low satisfaction, and, probably, on-the-job failure
  • But, putting someone in a role where he is naturally wired will probably lead to satisfaction and competency
  • It is foolish to reward excellence in a role by removing the person from the role
  • For example, not everyone has the talent or the desire to be a manager.
  • The talent to be a great computer programmer will not be the same talent needed to be a systems analyst or project manager.
  • A great manager figures out who’s the knight, the queen, the pawn. He coordinates all those very different abilities and contributions into the service of the overall plan. He builds a team out of individuals

Natural talents

  • Linguistic
  • Logical Mathematical
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic


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