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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Workforces Devoted to Weaknesses Are Dangerous

“Gallup has studied the most successful people in the world, and we’ve found that they are not well-rounded individuals,” said Paul Allen, Gallup Strengths Evangelist, July 24 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit for new and rising leaders in government. “Instead, they are people who discovered that they had natural talent for something at a very young age. They concentrated on that, invested in it, and turned that raw talent into strength.”

When you accept that nature gave you incredible talents and choose a career that allows you to use them -- and if you have a manager who lets you play to those talents -- you can achieve some amazing things. Instead, most managers want us to work on what we’re terrible at until we rise to the point of mediocrity. Perhaps that’s why we tend to become less and less engaged as we age. As Allen says, 76% of fifth graders are emotionally and intellectually engaged in their work, but that number dwindles to 61% in ninth grade, 44% in 12th grade, and 30% among adults.

In this speech, Allen discusses why a workforce devoted to its weaknesses is dangerous for companies and society as a whole, and how to prevent it from happening to your organization -- or to you.

Watch the full speech:

 
 
For more information on how to build on the innate talents in every individual to boost performance, visit the Gallup Strengths Knowledge Center.

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