Our clients are telling us that talent development and retention are firmly back on the agenda Read “Talent is Overrated – What Really Separates World-Class Performers from everybody else” by Geoff Colvin.
- Why are some people– so incredibly accomplished at what they do, while millions of others in those same fields never rise above mediocrity?
- Why are some people so extraordinarily creative and innovative?
- Why can some continue to perform astoundingly at ages when conventional wisdom says it’s impossible?
Almost all of us think we know the answer to those questions: The lucky few super performers were born with a special gift, an innate ability to do exactly what they do so extremely well? But Geoff Colvin found that we’re mostly wrong. A growing body of scientific research shows that it isn’t so – those specific natural abilities don’t explain great performance.
Instead, the key is what researchers call deliberate practice – but beware, because it isn’t what most of us do when we think we’re practising. It’s a well-defined set of activities that world-class performers pursue diligently. More of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.