I want to share a really powerful philosophy that I directly attribute to Roger James Hamilton (Founder of Wealth Dynamics & Talent Dynamics) and Victoria Jennings (CEO of International Partner Solutions & Talent Dynamics Australia).
The traditional approach to having you perform in most areas of your life such as your career or business sets the expectation that you should be strong in all areas.
To be everything for everyone.
For example, be great at building relationships, networking and getting more business, and at the same time, be great at doing the detailed analysis and reporting as part of your deliverable.
Now that is very possible, but extremely tiring and inefficient.
You see this everywhere especially in on-the-job formal role descriptions. Just pick up the “expectations” document for a standard consultant and notice how much is expected of one individual. And to top it off, the areas we are weak at, more often than not, we are encouraged to focus on them and strengthen them.
Of course, this takes a lot of extrinsic motivation (e.g. do it, or else) and personal energy to fulfil, because areas in which we aren’t natural at, normally don’t inspire us at all. I mean, can you imagine a creative visual artist being forced to do spreadsheet analysis? Or an extreme introvert who loves number crunching, and is forced to speak and promote a business in front of a thousand members of the public?
Yikes! The thought of it makes me hold my breath.
Yet this is not far off from what commonly happens in society today. Look at the visionary architect who is expected to work on the details. Or the introverted and detailed engineering professional who is forced to promote a business by engaging a public audience.
The problem is of course, when you are forced to focus on compensating for your weakness, not only do you struggle; you start to ignore developing the areas in which you are strong.
As a result, you will end up stressed out, disillusioned and unhappy with what you are doing. It’s almost as if a part of who you are starts to die.
What We Don’t Honour and Appreciate About Ourselves, Depreciates.
Einstein so aptly said that “everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree – it will go through its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
So true. And besides, it’s Einstein, how can it not be true? 🙂
What are your natural talents?
Great question. I would like to introduce you to the Talent Dynamics Profiles (attributed to Roger James Hamilton). Thanks to Vicky Jennings, I was able to learn this powerful tool for business development and it is actually based on an ancient chinese text called the I-Ching (translated to mean – the “Book of Changes”).
This text makes sense of the natural order in the world and the universe, and has been the basis of multiple modern day personality profiling tools such as Myer Briggs and DiSC.
However, the Talent Dynamics approach takes it a couple of steps further to incorporate more of the principles of the ancient text, specifically build a business, and more importantly, it makes stuff stupidly simple.
The profiles are based on the extent to which an individual has a natural affinity towards five energies including:
- Spirit – what I interpret to be infinite, and binds us all (much like the soul calling)
- Dynamo – Ideas and Innovation
- Blaze – People
- Tempo – Timing and Positioning
- Steel – Facts and Figures
What we discover is that everyone has a footprint around four of the energies (2-5), which determines how naturally certain activities or skills come to them. Noticeably, there is one energy group that we have a distinctly large reservoir in, which is where our natural talents lie.
Let me give you some examples…
People with high Dynamo energy generally can’t stop coming up with ideas. So much so that they are always in their own head space, sitting in presentations whilst their head wonders off into the clouds. Whilst they come up with great ideas and are super strategic in problem solving, their problem is, they just never get stuff done!
Some people are great with people, can’t help but say hi to everyone in the room, and are generally energised when put in a crowd. We know them, and you know them because they have probably shamelessly invaded your space at some point in time and related to you as if they have known you for years! They have high Blaze energy.
Then there are others who are always half an hour early for something, can’t stop themselves from planning ahead, and will generally get stuff done. So much so that if they don’t have something to do, they think something is wrong! These type of people have high amounts of Tempo.
And last but not least (and certainly not least important), are individuals with high Steel energy. They love numbers, data, and facts and are generally the types who aren’t heavily into socialising. The “introverts” so to speak. These are the sort of people who sit in presentations with their arms folded, a neutral expression and it makes you sometimes wonder if they are even getting anything you say. Yet when they sit there, they are patiently processing what you say and internalising it for themselves, and by the end of the presentation they end up getting the most out of what you have to share!
Now by no means are these meant to pigeon hole you and make you feel like some robotic and boring specimen. It is purely for you to understand how you can benefit from your personal strengths, and the strengths of others to help breathe life into your heart-felt ambitions.
Face it – you can try do what you do solo, but in life as a whole…we are all in it together.
And that’s where the 1st energy of Spirit comes in. Spirit allows you to appreciate the differences and dynamics of everyone as a whole, and identify ways in which you can help them harmonise to maximise the flow and benefit you are trying to create.
Rather than resisting our differences, we can accept them and see how we can magically support each other’s lives.
The Spirit Is the Thread That Connects Us All
So here’s a discussion as to how you might use your understanding of this to your advantage…
How to leverage your natural talents
If for example, you get energised by people and love networking and finding out about other peoples’ lives, you might spend most your time at events, speaking in public, and hanging out with groups on the weekend. Every name in your address book is your piece of gold!
Let’s say you needed a great idea to take your creative project off the ground, you could reach out to all your ideas people in your networks to get their advice, and then find the people in your network that can take that idea and give it legs.
On the contrary, if for example, you are a creative genius and wanted to get your ideas out to market, you could find someone who is great with people, share that idea with them and simply let them exist. In literally no time, the word of what you have to offer would spread like wild-fire and you could have money coming into your bank account with little to no effort.
For Veronica the singer for example, finding these people could really help share her message and exposure she needs to deliver an experience to an ever growing audience. Every idea you share is like a cheque for gold!
It gets better. If you are someone who loves planning, organization and getting things done harmoniously, you could find people who are struggling with delivering their product to market, and offer a way to make sure it is done in time, and in a way that satisfies their customers most. Every tick on your “to do” list is your piece of gold!
And last but not least, the people who are focussed with facts, systems and processes. They truly help a business or someone’s life become more efficient. From apps to make your life easier, to detailed spreadsheets to track your finances, and to invoicing systems to make sure your bills are paid! If that is you, everything you automate is your piece of gold!
Notice then, that there are some activities that bore you to tears, and some that energise you and are a therapeutic experience. This is key to identifying your areas of strength. Whether you are more a people person, ideas person, facts & figures person…or someone who just loves getting things done in order, on time and smoothly. Self-awareness here is key.
Find strength in your differences
But more importantly – notice that different people have different preferences so rather than us making them wrong for being different, we can appreciate those aspects of them and find a place for them in our lives.
For example – introverted does not mean antisocial, nor does being excessively social mean you aren’t doing any work. We just all have our unique ways of contributing to this overall experience called being human.
And the more we can appreciate that and give a place in our heart for that, the more life itself becomes a journey of letting things be rather than forcing things to change.
People we resist are in fact, people waiting to give us gifts. Things just keep getting on the way not in the way. Performance isn’t so much about teamwork; rather it is about team-flow.
What We Can’t Appreciate In Others Will Depreciate In Ourselves.
What are the gifts you bring to the world? Feel free to share in the comments below.