When Theroux wrote that ‘most men lead lives of quiet desperation’, little did he know how applicable that statement would be in the modern corporate world. Most people feel as if they have unused talent and that the organisation is not helping them or allowing them to reach their full potential.
In this new book, Untapped Talent: Unleashing the Power of the Hidden Workforce, first time author Dani Monroe argues that most organisations have much of the talent they require within their company already. She calls these people ‘the hidden workforce’, a pool of untapped talent, which could be mined to improve productivity.
Analysing the concept of untapped talent, Monroe highlights how leaders and managers can exploit that talent and transform performance to develop a thriving organisation.
To set the scene Monroe has the reader look at their own career; what has worked, what hasn’t and what the differences are. The differences are the result of key behaviours and those are the very talents that have created your successes in the past.
With this framework of analysis, it is possible to review your own work force and identify their talents and ensure they are engaged for the benefit if the individual and the organization.
With exercises and assessments at the end of each chapter, Monroe not only explores the ideas of hidden talent but offers the reader the opportunity to explore their own talents and talent stewardship capacity.
What would be interesting is to measure the number of people/leaders who merely read the exercises as an intellectual exercise and those that undertake the analyses. It will undoubtedly correlate with the leaders that are truly working towards identifying talent and understanding their own leaderships skills and those with an unconscious bias that makes them believe they are already stewards of talent with little room for improvement.
Monroe’s book is a thoughtful and helpful analysis on how to find and exploit the untapped talent already in your organisation and will help the leadership build a talent stewarding culture. With talent exploitation being one of the key success descriminators in the 21st century, can you afford to ignore this book?
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