Monday, June 05, 2006

The Value of Talent

Talent rules! Nothing trumps talent.

When critical client and company decisions need to be made, you want your smartest people making those decisions. While loyalty and commitment are attributes that are often equated with talent, those qualities do not replace talent and cannot effectively exist without it. Having loyal, committed staff that permit "a ship to sink" does no one any good.

What is talent? I did not check Webster's, but to me it is a natural endowment: a special gift for solving problems, successfully completing essential tasks or finding creative solutions to business challenges.

I passionately believe that putting the most talented people in every spot is key to building an effective and successful organization.

Thus, bosses should hire subordinates that are smarter than they are. Subordinates should be free -- and even encouraged -- to "show up" the boss (in a tasteful way, of course). Skills on teams should be dissected so that the best and brightest in each category stand out. Consultants who bring a special expertise should be retained to shore up a weak spot.

Everyone should recognize that talent is king and rewards should come accordingly. People should be "big enough" to recognize the specific talents of others that they themselves do not possess.

Where talent goes, success follows. At Makovsky, our mission is "Smart people working in harmony to help clients and the agency win." But at the foundation of our mission is talent ... with commitment, loyalty and integrity right on talent's heels.

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3 Comments:

Blogger vlad grinberg said...

Thank you for being a continuing inspiration and sharing your wisdom. Your blog is a fantastic idea. Without any physical one-on-one interaction I still find you to be a counselor who provides the knowledge and direction that enable me to grow. Like you said in one of your previous blogs: “To do it right I followed other people who did it right.” You are doing it right and talent will always follow you…

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 9:55:00 AM  
Blogger Ken Makovsky said...

Thanks for your nice comments.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ken, I just want to say thanks again.... you are the best...

Friday, June 16, 2006 10:22:00 AM  

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