The Real Key To Talent Development Is Authentic Caring
By David Hassell
Everyone must take responsibility for their own evolution. This is the challenge that coaches, managers, and leaders regularly face around the people who they lead. While they can commit to talent development, help set and track milestones, and provide resources and support, people must in the end commit to their own transformation.
Perhaps the greatest impact that business leaders can have, however, involves how they see their people. This is why we describe one of three key pillars of Best-Self Management, as “being and becoming your best self”. Leaders must simultaneously celebrate the greatness of their people (being), and also inspire continuous improvement (becoming).
As business leaders, compassion is one of the most powerful tools we have to accomplish this. It allow us to support our people through their crises and challenges and help them grow towards becoming their best selves throughout that journey. We discuss all of this and more in the latest podcast:
In this episode:
• Why becoming your best self is a rewarding yet never-ending journey
• How fostering gratitude is the best antidote for negativity and will fuel high-performance
• The power of embracing adversity and the dangers of toxic positivity
• Why compassion is one of the most important leadership qualities
• How the way you see people influences the way they show up
Intentional Talent Development
The following is a transcribed and lightly edited portion of the Best-Self Management Podcast, Episode 15, “The Real Key to Talent Development is Authentic Caring”:
David: Some of the attributes of a Best-Self culture is one where you hold high care and high performance, and optimize for growth over comfort. We know that growth isn’t always comfortable.
Shane: I want to go into something that we haven’t talked a ton about which is, How you see people, changes people. To see somebody’s highest potential that you work with, is to increase the odds of them reaching that potential.
In a sense Best-Self Management begins as a mindset shift of how you think about your people. The idea I want to explore is that the intentions and expectations and how we see people actually influences how they show up. This borders on mystical voodoo magic, and yet it’s probably one of the truest principles that I’ve discovered.
David: I think that there’s a lot of truth to that in my experience.
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Shane: Think about someone in your life you are holding a less than unlimited intention for, can you begin to imagine them in a higher octave of relating and performing?
David: It’s a skill and a practice to develop as a leader and a manager, to be able to do that. The default and more common view, especially as you abstract people as mere resources or assets of the organization, is to think about them as fixed.
I have a person in a particular role, who is either performing well or not. If I assess that person is not meeting the standards, I might say I have to get rid of them and find somebody else, and in some cases that’s the right move. There’s a way we can develop this skill to see what’s possible instead of what we currently see.
If you’re holding a growth mindset for people, you’re expecting them to be better and you’re also communicating a belief. It’s not quite being critical as in thinking, I see your potential and you’re not living up to it. It’s more like, I accept you for who you are but I see there’s more for you. There’s a subtle distinction there.
Shane: You listening (and reading) may not know that David is famous for having a superpower in this domain to be able to see somebody and to tractor beam in. He becomes stubbornly resistant to any reality other than that potential, light, power and competence that he sees in somebody. Of course it’s obvious and doesn’t even matter that they can’t see it! He just keeps holding it until it’s real!
It isn’t like you see everyone like this. Someone who isn’t performing, it’s not like you just ignore their mistakes until they get their sh*t together. So the question is, what are you actually doing when you hold people in the organization in this way?
Listen to the entire episode to learn how you can hold a high intention for the people that you lead, to positively influence talent development at your organization
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