What attracts us? What retains us? What helps us to transit and what nurtures us? This construct is for everyone, young and old. The way of life as it is, hidden in the gems of exploring, learning and adapting to the world around us.
2017 is an exciting year as much as how uncertain it will be. These 2 come in play synonymously. The global economy is shifting in talent acquisitions, people play, government interceding, private sector waiting on one another. In all of these, change is the only constant.
It is interesting to be growing up in a cosmopolitan city like Singapore. I am exposed to the changes of the global economy affecting the influx of government mandates, policies that give citizens shelter to the “necessary evil” of rapid change. As an individual, a singularity, how does change have an impact on me? Often, I would only receive the residual effect of any change. Following a precise, well structured process has always been the “sort” or “taught” way to experience.
I like how with this scenario/situation, it forces an individual to think about what does change really mean. Attracting talent in the country/city is about understanding if that individual can contribute indefinitely to the economy, peace, prosperity of the nation. Retaining talent is more complex with the ideals of keeping the “good” and reducing the “bad”. However, who can really tell and instruct someone to stay, it is out of the individual’s personal will and motivation. Transitioning talent takes place when there is a paradigm shift in demand and supply. Not all of us can drive the economy just by being in one industry. For example, in Singapore, Banking & Finance, Maritime etc helm the economy, we would still need other sectors to compliment the revenue drivers. This leads me to the most important factor of talent, that is to NURTURE talent.
In a tight talent market, succession planning should be a core part of any business’s workforce management and development plan. Building a pipeline of talent ready to take on progressively greater responsibility and leadership in an organization is key to driving success. Getting succession planning right helps ensure a bench of qualified, engaged internal candidates who can be considered to fill a vacant position when the opportunity comes up. “It’s in every organization’s best interest to identify its top talent, then work to continually retain those employees.
Can this be replicated for kids?
I would say the principle stays, to attract, retain, transit and nurture talent, there needs to be a clear goal and guiding methodologies/philosophies. Let us explore a different dynamism, a different stage in life, let us look at how to nurture kids in the same way as how we would nurture talent adults. Adapting from Childdevelopmentinfo.com
Here are 4 ways to nurture talent in a kid (which can be used on adults too)
Be on the look-out
Children don’t usually recognize their own talents, although they’ll pursue them instinctively. If your child shows a particular interest in the paint box, for instance, it could be a sign that she’s an artist in the making. She may not be doing much with her brush yet — apart from making a mess — but your patience will be rewarded as her talent matures. Adults, pursue things instinctively, with more calculated risk involved but do have the same goal of nurturing themselves.
Talents need openings to develop. If no opportunity arises for a skill to flourish, it may remain suppressed throughout a child’s formative years, after which it may be too late to develop it to its full potential. If a kid has a flair for percussion, for example, it may not be set free until she gets to bash a drum kit. It’s important to provide a range of opportunities for your child so that any hidden talents can emerge and blossom. You can do this by introducing her to different topics, games, skills and activities, and helping him to pursue them.
Nurture identified talents
Praise and encouragement will go a long way to developing your child’s recognized talents. Let her know you’re proud of her abilities and show an interest in the subject of her passion whether or not you share it. Look out for opportunities for her to demonstrate her skills to friends and relatives; their support will reinforce yours. Her school teachers may be able to provide openings for her talents, too. But for serious development, you may need to invest in private tuition and other support such as courses, competitions and equipment. Praise and encouragement in the office go a long way to develop trust, foster hope and gives rise to better working environments.
Provide background enrichment
When nurturing a talent in your child, take every opportunity to broaden and enrich his understanding of the subject, as this will guide and inspire her drive. Introduce her to the achievements and techniques of experts and let her witness them in action. If she’s a budding jazz saxophonist, for instance, take her to some jazz concerts. If she’s a young actor, arrange a theater trip. If swimming is her forte, take her to the local contests and follow the international ones together on TV. Open these doors for her wherever you can.
A talent is only worth pursuing if it can also be enjoyed. Being a champion chess player, for instance, would be no bonus to a child’s life if she found the contests unbearably dull or the competition agonizingly stressful. Besides, her flair would not flourish in such circumstances and she could be put off the game for life. If major problems arise and no solution can be found, it may be necessary to put serious pursuit of a talent on hold for a few years. But if your child’s joy outweighs any negatives, give her gift the go-ahead! Likewise, for any talented adult, enjoying the process, enriching their lives bring about more satisfaction in the job compared to one that just focus on the repetitive nature of earning, gaining traction in the corporate ladder.
Well, all of us have our ideals of nurturing, what is yours?