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October 29, 2006

The Myth of Talent

Alissa at HR Metrics Blog says

"Measuring talent is probably not the most effective use of your time

Talent is ability: I have the ability to clean my bedroom
Performance is actually getting the job done: My bedroom is a horrific mess

I have the talent for it, but when it comes to tidying, Im not much of a performer"

Great points!

And so what is it that makes you a great performer?

Hard Work and Practice!


  • Hi,

    Alissa missed some thing there: Talent is not just ability, its well honed ability, its a high level of skill at that basic level of ability, its ability at its best at its finest and at its quickest.

    Here is an analogy... If i can explain to in layman terms: Everyone can write an SQL Query and overtime tune it. However a talented guy rights a well tunes query in the first go.

    I do agree with lot of hard work and practice bit.


    By Blogger Mandar, at Sunday, 29 October, 2006  

  • Back again, this time with view that talent is not ability and the bedroom example is extremely good and poor at the same time. How... well here I explain.

    Lets talk about drawing, for e.g. i can draw and i can draw at will. But to make a painting i definately need performance. I may choose not to draw that is equivalent of having the ability but not the will to perform. To make a master piece i need inspiration and a wish, will to make one.

    Its the same with the bedroom example, i have the ability to keep my bedroom clean, but wanting to have a clean bathroom is a different need altogether. And without this need the ability is useless and with the need talent grows.

    As last time, i agree whole heartedly about hardwork and practice, even tiger woods needs it.

    If i have not understood the clinical point that she is trying to make in the HR theatre please pardon my ignorance and this comment as rambling of a nut awake in the middle of night.

    By Blogger Mandar, at Sunday, 29 October, 2006  

  • Mandar - You are adding a third dimension here - which is "motivation" to convert talent into performance. And that again could be a function of various factors - primarily driven by WIIFM (Whats In It For Me). So you're right about that - and it doesnt take away anything that is mentioned in the post!

    By Blogger Anuradha, at Monday, 30 October, 2006  

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