You Can Cultivate Talent But Not Teach It
You can cultivate talent, but you cannot teach, coach, or even motivate people into developing skills they do not posses or are not naturally gifted. I used to believe that with enough effort, people could do anything they want. After all, I was told growing up that I could do anything I wanted to do as long as I set my mind to it and worked hard enough at it. Well, that’s a lie. A big fat lie.
One of the reasons for whatever success we have seen at The A Group rests in our ability to hire talented people and challenge and resource them to continue to grow. I’m proud of the work of we do, but I’m mostly proud of the team that output so much quality. I have seen companies twice our size that are not able to accomplish as much.
Here are some skills you cannot teach people:
attention to detail
pride in their work
eye for design
desire to learn
problem solving skills
While some might argue that with enough training and coaching you can help someone do most anything, my experience tells me that’s a waste of time, resources, and a huge frustration for both parties. Do it right in the first place. Find the talent or skill set you need and put your efforts into growing someone instead of trying to shape them into something they can never become.