Talent Whisperers evoking Human Transformation have become requisite to survival
in our rapidly evolving and disruptive Age of Digital Transformation.
Keeping up with the ever increasing pace is becoming increasingly challenging. For example, the notion of cryptographically secured chain of blocks goes back to 1991, it wasn’t until 2008 that the first blockchain was conceptualized. Gartner forecasts that the annual business value of blockchain technologies will exceed $3 trillion by 2030. Likewise, the first notion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) dates back to 1943; however, it too has seen accelerating growth. Gartner predicts the business value created by AI will reach $3.9T in 2022. It’s challenging to recognize these concepts when they first appear, but it’s also challenging to keep up with the paradigm shifts when they take off. Continuous and rapid Human Transformation is becoming a necessity.
Digital transformation: are you ready for exponential change? Futurist Gerd Leonhard, TFAStudios
Ancient beliefs speak of reincarnation, the notion of one spiritual life transcending multiple physical lives. However, things have flipped; we now have arrived at a time where we need to transform through multiple virtual lives within the context of a single physical life. Without evolving through the various epochs brought about by paradigm shifts, it’s easy to get left behind like dinosaurs given increasing rate of change around us.
This site is in service of those striving to lead, inspire, coach, guide, teach, transform, empower others to grow and develop their independent and innovative talents. As a result, evoking a mindset that fosters continuous transformation. A Growth Mindset will allow us and those we lead and influence to go through Human Transformation that can keep pace with Digital Transformation.
Enabling Human Transformation
Talent Whisperers develop talent enabling them to keep up in a rapidly evolving world. Consequently, evoking change in individuals, teams and organizational processes and structures. Talent Whisperers start with evoking transformation of the individual as each team, organization, business is comprised of a collection of individuals. However, the structure and processes of an organization also need to develop to become a more effective framework for the collection of individuals to innovate and achieve success.
There’s a wealth of self-improvement information, and Perhaps you hope to become a 10xer having 10x the impact of others. You may be thinking too small, and you might find, inspire and develop ten 10xers to have a 100x impact. Finally, if you inspire ten leaders/Talent Whisperers that each develop ten 10xers and you’re talking about a 1,000x impact…
It’s said for venture funds to provide sufficient return on investment, they need the occasional unicorn. As a result, to become a $1B+ company, a 100x or 1,000x return on investment is needed. I’ve gained appreciation for this having gone through three unicorn exits and working under the “Trillion Dollar Coach.” I’ve seen many contributing factors that may, with some luck, combine to result in a unicorn exit, and Bill Campbell certainly helped develop a few unicorn leaders.
How I became a Talent Whisperer
I became an engineering manager 29 years ago, director 26 years ago, and VP 20 years ago all at very different organizations in very divers spaces. I’ve been a national champion sports coach, teacher, horse whisperer and parent. I’ve been through numerous transformations in my life. I’ve had some amazing experiences rethinking an ever transforming world and market with very talented leaders and teams in repeatedly achieving success. My curiosity is continuously fed by research and rich examples of many exemplary authors of books and other linked sources I recommend.
In Trillion Dollar Coach Eric Schmidt describes the lasting impact of Bill Campbell, and I experienced Bill as our leader and Talent Whisperer at Intuit. Bill has since passed, yet his influence carries on in those he lead as well as those that benefit from the guidance of those he coached. Effective level 5 guiding hence also has a ripple affect of positive impact on people that never met the original leader.
Talent Whisperers help foster mindsets
Carol Dweck explains in Mindset – The New Psychology of Success
We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes
who were born different from us.
We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people
who made themselves extraordinary.”
Paul G. Stoltz tells us in his book Put Your Mindset to Work
Ability to persevere begins with you, the individual.
However, change is rarely easy. In fact, sometimes it is downright formidable.
Daniel Coyle premise in The Talent Code is that
Greatness isn’t born, it’s grown.
Liz Wiseman in “Multipliers, How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” helps leaders appreciate how they can multiply the impact of those they lead, but she also describes ‘accidental diminishers.’ They dis-empower those we lead by not create the space, opportunity and encouragement:
Perhaps these leaders understood that the person sitting at the apex
of the intelligence hierarchy is the genius maker, not the genius.
We usually read these books for self-improvement; in contrast, we can find greater leverage by employing them to develop leadership talent in our companies and/or in the classroom as Talent Whisperers.
The Digital Skills Gap and the Future of Jobs 2020 – The Fundamental Growth Mindset
- NCBI: The Neuroscience of Growth Mindset and Intrinsic Motivation
- Stanford Wu Tsao Neurosciences Institute: Why Mindset Matters
Talent Whisperers a la Google
Google questioned if managers added value, and they asked if so, how. Hence, they initiated Project Oxygen, and they Collected information from employee surveys. Google looked teams performing at different levels, who received top manager awards, performance reviews, etc resulting. They processed over 10,000 observations of managerial behavior. Challenges facing one organization and the solutions to those challenges are often unique to that organization. Consequently, Google discovered and what works for them is primarily relevant to Google, but may serve as food for thought for others.
Project Oxygen’s outcome ended with eight things great managers do:
- Be a good coach.
- Empower; don’t micromanage.
- Be interested in direct reports, success and well-being.
- Don’t be a sissy: Be productive and results-oriented.
- Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
- Help your employees with career development.
- Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
- Have key technical skills so you can advise the team.
There are many factors contributing to building success. Sometimes, it involves finding a disruptive offering as described in Innovator’s Dilemma. Success benefits from understanding how to iterate to solutions, and discovering what customers want and build to that end have been explored in such books as The Lean Startup. Learnings of those insights will also be shared here, but the primary focus is on developing talent and leaders of talent.
Teaching a person to fish…
Framing styles of leadership in the fish story:
- Level 1 managing – Micromanagers – tells them what to do – gives them a fish. There are some leaders that can be surprisingly effective in this mode if they happen to be experts at what they do, fast on their feet and full of energy. I’ve seen successful VPs operate at this level.
- Level 2 teaching – Instructors – shows them how to do it – teaches them to fish. Now they can repeat the task themselves.
- Level 3 guiding – Eye-Openers – bestows the grit, confidence and experiences, insight and tools allowing them to solve whatever may come – teaches them to learn so they might obtain various forms of food.
- Level 4 leading – Leader of Leaders – enables/teaches others to become level 2. 3 and 4 leaders.
- Level 5 presence – Talent Whisperers/Transformers – Some influencers have a lasting impact on our perceptions, approaches and thinking. We may simply think “What would Bill say?” Their influence leaves us on a course where our own intuition allows us to guide ourselves.
Level 3 and above leadership empowers, inspires, grows and scales teams and organizations.
Level 1 and 2 leadership often leads to under-utilize or diminish the potential of members of their team.
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