Unleashing Talent

This excerpt from The New Paradigm of Leadership by Richard Barrett describes in more depth, the  context for our work at Knowles Consulting.

Talent managing management is used to describe the process for identifying and developing individuals who are most easily able to evolve consciousness. These are the people the organization would like to fast-track into positions of greater influence. This can readily occur by an organization putting emphasis on such an individual by evolving them through an accelerated program of powerful leadership development.

What are the characteristics that an organization should look for in selecting individuals for a talent management pool? What form of leadership development is most appropriate for these people and supervisors and managers, in general? The answers to both these questions are found in the understanding we have developed about the universal stages of evolution.

 1) The first stage Adaptability

First and foremost the quality of adaptability, the ability of an entity to maintain internal stability and external equilibrium when changes occur in its external environment there are two components to adaptability: speed and resilience the speed or agility with which an entity is able to adapt is very important in improving the entities chance for survival of survival. The resilience of an entity is a measure of scope or range of changes or shocks that an entity confessedly withstand a quickly bounce back to internal stability and external equilibrium. The more resilient and hence to the possesses resilience, the greater will be his ability to adapt and thereby survive.


2) Continuous Learning

The second most important quality is continuous learning.

There are two important components to successful continuous learning: first is the ability of an entity to institutionalize (store in memory) learning about maintaining or enhancing internal stability and external equilibrium such that it can repeat successful responses to changes in its environment and avoid responses that did not improve internal stability and external equilibrium – the ability to learn from mistakes.

Second is the ability of entity to use whatever it has learned in the past as a patent platform for future learning through the use of fuzzy logic – reasoning that is appropriate rather than precise. This means being able to use past learning to help determine a response to a new situation that has never been encountered before. This quality lies at the core of innovation, the principal manner in which adaptability manifests. “Strong cultures are only valuable if they exhibit adaptability and learning qualities. Otherwise the become a liability during the periods of accelerated change” from the book, Strategy at the Edge of Chaos.

These two qualities adaptability and learning are the qualities that lie at the core of evolution.

3) Bonding

The ability to bond bonding is important adaptability strategy in evolution because it builds resilience whenever the framework conditions is an entity encounters are more complex than it is used to handling and that threaten the internal ability and external equilibrium. The ability to bond with other compatible entities for the purpose of mutual survival in a group structure with a shared identity becomes very important.

Successful bonding maximizes the amount of energy that is available to the bonded entities for responding to external challenges and, at the same time, minimizes the amount of energy it is required for maintaining internal stability. Bonding can be strategic for both maintaining [surviving] and enhancing [thriving] external equilibrium. For human beings, strong bonds require a high degree of trust.

4) The Ability to Cooperate

Cooperation is also an important adaptability strategy in evolution. Whenever the framework conditions that a group structure encounters are more complex than is used to handling and threatened its external equilibrium, the ability to cooperate with the other group structures for the purpose of mutual survival is very important. Successful cooperation requires an alignment of purpose. Not only does cooperation en able surviving, it also enables thriving. When the framework conditions are favourable and group structures are aligned, cooperation can lead to the creation of a higher order entity. For human beings, cooperation requires a high degree of empathy.

5) The Ability to Handle Complexity

The ability to survive and thrive in increasingly complex framework conditions lies at the core of evolution. This means being able to handle the internal complexity of a group structure as well as external complexity of the framework conditions. Unlike the other four qualities as far as humans are concerned, the ability to handle complexity is age-dependent to a certain extent. We can develop our adaptability, continuous learning, bonding, and cooperating skills at almost any age. Our ability to handle complexity, however, develops gradually and naturally as we grow older through experience is age-dependent C have significant repercussions on leadership development of discussed.

At Knowles Consulting, we work your teams  leveraging the natural talents, disposition, and experience of each person.