Who are the people in your business with the “X-Factor”? How do you uncover them?
For those of you living in Australia, this evening saw the launch of a new series of ”The X-Factor”. For those of you not familiar with the show it is a competition aimed at uncovering new gems of singing talent through a series of auditions, with the final winner receiving a recording contract. I’ll be honest, this is not something I usually watch – but I did tonight, and I was glad I did!
The ”X-Factor” is that indescribable, innate quality which we cannot define, but which we know when we see it, which marks somebody as having incredible talent and potential. In tonight’s episode there were two outstanding acts – Siane Hawke, a 14-year old student from Darwin and another student, Bella Ferraro. What struck me about both girls was not only that they had immense talent, way beyond their years, but that they were unaware of how special they were. Refreshingly modest they seemed genuinely surprised at the reaction they evoked from the judges and the 5000 people in the audience. They are ordinary people in ordinary lives – but that may change for them in the near future. It certainly won’t be the same for them after this.
My question to you is this. Who in your business or organisation has the “X-factor”? How will you uncover these gems and help them to recognise themselves? How do you ‘audition’ people to do this? How will you support those that you uncover so that you can build them and reach the fullness of their potential?
Happy auditioning! You may be helping someone else live their life to the full – and that is the mark of a true leader!
Let me know how you do it. What has worked, what hasn’t, and what would you do differently next time?
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