Every HR department is looking for the best minds. Again and again they meet with exceptionally talented people who can decide the “Race for Talent” in their favor.
Highly talented employees – added value in the workplace
Highly gifted people are like everyone else – they only think much faster. They often like to classify facts, dicover surprising connections and delight in developing and building new structures. Their accelerated ability for “pattern recognition” enbales them to identify complex problems and – very often – also resolve them at astonishing speed.
Such gifted people feel at home in professions that benefit from their analytical skills such as scientific research, legal contexts or in IT.
Sinve languages are also highly complex systems many high potentials possess exceptional language skills: a broad vocabulary combined with linguistic expressiveness.
A good IQ test is considered the best predictor of career success. That is why it is highly recommended for employers and HR departments to recognize these talents and use them for the benefit of the company.
High potentials and routines
Most gifted people have an aversion to unproductive routines. They get bored when forced into too rigid systems and rhythms.
It therefore makes sense to give them a high degree of self-responsibility, as they can bring their existing capacities to full development.
Diversity and giftedness
In any striving company aiming to be successful in the 21st century diversity should be one of the core values. And in any successful company at least 2% of its employees would qualify as gifted.
Leaders should consider to give them specific and challenging tasks to make them happy.
And it’s worth while to check if a certain kind of unhappy employee might even be a hidden gem: s/he might an unrecognized and hopelessly under-challenged gifted person, whose potential may be easily unlocked.
Most highly gifted are already ahead of their environment as children. Driven by curiosity and fascination many of them pick up reading, writing and sometimes even math without a real teaching environments. They are motivated self-learners and enjoy understanding why things happen the way the do, often driving their parents nuts with a never ending string of questions.
Very often a standardized learning systems designed for the broad mass does not cater to their needs.
Workshops on giftedness
In my workshops and lectures for the highly gifted and their environment, HR managers can learn and train how to spot their high potentals and how to the best synergies and results with.
(This page was last updated on May 1, 2018.
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