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A Connoisseur of Talent …



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A Connoisseur of Talent …

    • Spends time on Talent!
    • Becomes a student of Talent!
    • Puts Talent “on the agenda”!
    • Practices D.I.Y.
    • Uses Plain English! (If you want “sunny” … ask for “sunny”!)
    • Creates Workspaces that foster energy, entrepreneurship and creativity!
    • Recruits from oddball places! / Recruits Oddballs!

“Recruiting college students is a job for marketing, not HR.” Jeff Daniel, collegehire.com

“Talent” and Work Space: A Grossly Neglected Connection! “Imagine working for a company that not only understood that the best ten hours of your day are spent at work - but did everything in its power to make them energizing, rewarding and productive as possible. Imagine coming to work each day in a building that greeted every person as a creative, entrepreneurial, exciting person.” Rosemary Kirkby, Lend Lease, proposal for headquarters of MLC

“Our business needs a massive transfusion of talent. And talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among non-conformists, dissenters and rebels.” David Ogilvy

“The boundaries for acceptable weirdness have dramatically expanded.” Michael Schrage

Axiom: Never hire anyone without an aberration in their background. (Find the One Ton Cookie Man!)

A Connoisseur of Talent …

    • Recruits M.I. (Gardner: Logical-mathematical, linguistic, artistic, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, intrapersonal-self, interpersonal-others)
    • Recruits arts!
    • Becomes de facto C.D.O. (Chief Diversity Officer)
    • Turns the pay scale upside down! / Pays Talent!
    • Rewards & Promotes all on Talent Development Skills!
    • Spouts the Gospel of Renewal! (R.D.A./ R.I.P.)

“Every school I visited was participating in the systematic suppression of creative genius.” “From cradle to grave the pressure is on: BE NORMAL!” Gordon MacKenzie

“Where do good new ideas come from? ... That’s simple! From differences. Creativity comes from unlikely juxtapositions. The best way to maximize differences is to mix ages, cultures and disciplines.” Nicholas Negroponte

T.T.D. Use the two Connoisseur of Talent slides as a guide for creating a Formal Talent Development Plan

Notes Page

  • Literally use the items on the two slides as a formal check list to measure yourself [quantitatively] against.
  • “Firms will not ‘manage the careers’ of their employees. They will provide opportunities to enable the employee to develop identity and adaptability and
  • thus be in charge of his or her own career.”
  • Tim Hall et al., “The New Protean Career Contract”

H.R. to H.E.D. ??? Human Enablement Department

Attributes of Those Who “Made” the 10th Grade History Book

    • Committed!
    • Determined to make a difference!
    • Focused!
    • Passionate!
    • Irrational about their life’s project!
    • Ahead of their time / Paradigm busters!
    • Impatient! / Action Obsessed

Attributes of Those Who “Made” the 10th Grade History Book

    • Made lots of people mad!
    • Flouted the chain of command!
    • Creative / Quirky / Peculiar! / Rebels! / Irreverent!
    • Masters of improv / Thrive on chaos / Exploit chaos!

Attributes of Those Who “Made” the 10th Grade History Book

    • Forgiveness > Permission
    • Bone honest!
    • Flawed as the dickens!
    • “In touch” with their followers’ aspirations
    • Damn good at what they do!

Just Say “No” to “Grout”! Participant: “Don’t you need ‘grout’ between the tiles?” TP: “No!” [med staff, NFL Special Teams,waiters, PFCs, cymbals player, bit parts, waiters]

TP’s Ideal Job: Head of Housekeeping!

“Conformity is the enemy of freedom and the jailer of growth.” J.F.K.

Flair! Sparkle! Don’t call me “Competent”!

Yes! Director of Bringing in the Really Cool People

All You Need to Know? Chief Evangelist For Really Neat Stuff Director Of Bringing In The Really Cool People

T.T.D. STEAL THESE TWO JOB TITLES!

Talent War Y2K!

    • All out!/ Time consuming!
    • Never ending!/ Unwinnable!
    • Includes everybody!/ Everybody’s game! (“We’re all in sales.”)
    • Expensive!
    • Cool!/ WOW!/ Fun!/ Creative!
    • Strategic!/ Core competence!

Talent War Y2K!

    • Basis of Brand!/ WHO WE ARE!
    • Brand You within Brand Us!
    • Encompassing!/ Cultural! (KEWLNESS: mine v. yours)
    • Substantive!/ “The best Projects win!” [Cairo 12-99]

Big Co.: The Saving Remnant Toy Store* Resources People Distribution Channel(s) * “Make your own McKinsey” (AP)

Talent = Brand

Brand Outside = Brand Inside

“Emotional values are replacing physical attributes as the fundamental market influence.” “This book is concerned with self-worth and belief.” “In the international market, it is no longer products that compete, it’s concepts.” “Only with a strong spirit at its foundation can a company achieve strong market position.” Jesper Kunde, Corporate Religion


Directory: slides -> 2000
slides -> Tom Peters Seminar2004 new slides 12. 15. 04
slides -> V. A. Moment … 1Y/2N: Commerce Bank 2 Pizzas: jb plastic Bulldozer: md
slides -> Excellence. Case. Epsilon. This is not about … “customer centrism” “integrated marketing” etc etc etc It is about …
slides -> Re-imagine! Not Your Father’s World I. 26m 43h
slides -> Prep … dralion/ Cirque du Soleil Re-imagine Permanence: The Emperor Has No Clothes!
slides -> Tom Peters’ Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age 11. 27. 2003
slides -> Ine! Business Excellence in a Disru
2000 -> Tom peters’ lessons in leadership san Antonio 28 March 2000
2000 -> Tom Peters’ Y2k lessons in Leadership Baltimore 02-25-00
2000 -> Distinct or … Extinct Tom Peters Seminar2000 Manchester nh 14 June 2000


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