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Why are specific talents important?

One of the most recognizable sports figures is Michael Jordan. Many will argue that Michael was one of the best or most talented professional basketball players in the world. After he won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, he decided to test his skills in baseball. If you don’t remember the Michael Jordan of baseball, don’t be surprised. He struggled in the minor league and never did make it to the big leagues. Why Not? Michael was a very talented athlete, so why was he successful on the court, but not on the field? Beyond strength, agility, coordination and speed, baseball and basketball require a different set of talents.

Now think about talent in the business world. Not every job that is closely related requires the same set of talents either. The most common example would be the sales superstar getting promoted to sales manager. Like Michael Jordan, the sales superstar might expect the same success. They might even expect the same job satisfaction. However, it takes different talents to manage than it does to sell. Like Michael, the sales superstar will likely struggle and never make it to the top. From one job to another, or even one sport to another, the right set of talents is very unique and important. Discovering what talents are required is crucial, but how do you know? Wouldn’t it be great if the job itself could talk?

Well, since the job can’t really talk, Target Training International (TTI) has patented a job benchmarking process to understand what talents a job needs for success. With an assessment that ask specific questions about the job, TTI can gather information online and provide a detailed description of the talents the job calls for. Once you have completed the benchmarking process, a similar assessment can be used to compare people to the job and determine the best possible job fit.

In hindsight, Michael Jordan’s career move was a bust. When baseball didn’t work out, he tried golf. That might have been fun, but it didn’t work either. Luckily, in the business world, you don’t have to let your superior performers follow in his footsteps. Instead, let an assessment-based job benchmarking process help you maximize your talent where it fits best.

Rick Bowers
Success Insights International