No, I’m not hot about “America’s next” idol or whatever.
But I am hot about talent. Let’s talk about that.
Talent, not product. Talent, not drilled skills. People are talking. They’re talking about talent. We all have one or many. Whether we know it or not, discover them or not, they exist in us. We all have a role to play, a contribution to make – a talent to share.
Business leaders spend large chunks of their budgets on experts who come to show them how to “develop talent”, “recruit talent”, “retain talent”. They’re all talking about it. Talent is “in”. And just in time.
Problem is, traditional education is clueless about talent. It’s not only not interested, it’s not aware. Still trying to develop skills for the workplace – “get you a good job”. The problem here is focusing on that product: the job. Let people develop themselves, discover their talents, and the jobs will take care of themselves. Traditional schools squeeze talent out of you or make you think that you haven’t any. It’s a top-down, proscriptive model. Not a talent agency.
Well, we need talent agencies. We need palaces of experience that allow each person who enters to feel fulfilled, to become engaged, to discover what it is that “makes them tick” and by gosh – they love it, they’ll work hard at it, they will be intrinsically motivated, and they will make something real of their lives. Something extraordinary.
But you can’t write a curriculum around this. You can’t make “a program” to deliver it…. that’s the tired, traditional model talking to you. Stop teaching. Start allowing