A few weeks ago I attended Black Tech Week in Miami, FL. The information I received from a few of the panelists and side conversations from some of the industry’s influencers, was stimulating to say the least. Technology is forever changing. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to remember that implementing technology in our business as much as possible will help with growth and automation.
I enjoyed the conference, but the major highlight of my trip was the co-working experience I shared with friends. We were cohesive in working together on individual projects associated with our own businesses. Although quiet, the energy in the room during that time was powerful. Every one of us had our MacBook open, earphones plugged in, and a rapid flow of keystrokes. We were engaged and focused on our work while enjoying the company of each other.
It was at that moment when I realized we all have a surplus of talents, but each one of us possessed a stronger talent than any other. I realized how we had used that talent, consciously or not, to execute great things over the past several months. Our individual talents helped pave the way to success for the current business we were handling during Black Tech Week. I was reminded of the importance of having a strong support team. In some way or another, we helped each other cultivate our way thinking when it came to entrepreneurship.
Great teams make the most of individual talent.
It starts with associating yourself with those who have talent you don’t have. A successful entrepreneur knows that they are not good at everything and doesn’t attempt to do it all. Having an understanding and acceptance of this will help you decide when to outsource work and ask for help. I outsourced work for the first time a few months ago. In doing so, I made the most of out of my time and talent and allowed someone else to do the same.
If everyone on your team works within their strengths, the finished product will be above average work.
How do you identify individual talent on your team that can be used for the greater good?
- When conversing or brainstorming, what is he or she always an advocate for? What do they always comment on? What is the category of words they consistently make mention of? If you have a team member who speaks often about budgeting, cost, or alternative purchases use their talent. Assign them to manage the budget of a project.
- What kinds of task are they first to volunteer for? If someone is the first to volunteer to write copy for a graphic or article. Consider their talent to be good with words. Allowing them to manage the content of a project may work in your favor.
- What type of work makes them most happy? What makes them smile? If you noticed that a member of your team lights up and enjoys talking to random people in a new environment, there’s your salesperson.
- If they are a business owner, what service(s) do they provide? This is the most obvious. If someone is an event planner or does public relations, then use their talents. It won’t be work for them. But instead an extension of self.
Recognizing talent and encouraging others to use their best talent for the team requires effective leadership. When executed well, you not only have a strong team you have individuals who are proud to be apart of the team.
What are some ways you use talent in your small business or organization?