I had the privilege last week to contribute to a program on top talent development for a global financial institution, creatively building an experience-based, business-driven, and content-rich program for their most promising talents.
On the â€œsoft skillsâ€ side, I am becoming obsessed with the way people interact, how to be a great connector, how to build trust in relationships and more importantly, at the same time, not to let the others frame you and define who you are.
The latter is particularly important in the current scene, where people who brag the most are usually the ones who know the least, and thanks to some sort of very easily reachable social validation, anyone can grasp fake credibility and tap into the statistics.
Thatâ€™s why I am writing a book about Talent and Rebels.
The current subtitle is The Unemployable Crowd, but it goes beyond that. I actually think that I should add a question mark.
Are they REALLY unemployable? Or there is a way to change the course of actions?
Actually, most of the true innovators, the ones who create frictions, the tree shakers are NOT the one making noise, not for the outside world at least.
And what is the standard reactions to Rebels? In the best case, scenario, indifference. Sometime, it gets worse.
Ginny Rometty at Davos says we should pay attentions to talents, not schools
That’s already a step forward.
I say: Corporate should find the Misfits and embrace their existence, use their skills to the advantage of the company, and deploy them in their Innovation agenda.
The more I talk about this, and especially with a bunch of amazing talents in the financial industry space and beyond, the more i realise I am hitting a very sensitive spot.
I have zero preclusion in saying the hard truth to whomever I have in front of me, most of the time unfiltered, and always with ONE version of the truth.
That makes the likes of me the perfect anti-senior executive pretty much anywhere, unless the company is mine. Good news, I am not motivated by power or hierarchy, but by impact (both financial and on people) and leadership recognition.
I donâ€™t want to spoil the book synopsis here, but the good news is that even this one is an experiment on myself, bending on being disciplined in sharing what I believe is important.
If I can impact a single life with my book, it will be totally worth it.
Soon, a proper synopsis and more glimpse to the research efforts for the book will be provided.