Edge: Taking Talent to the Limit - the paradox, magic, and tightrope of success and survival

How can we best apply inspiration from sporting success and elite performers to enhance individual potential at work, radically boost business performance, and address global talent risks? Bradford Management Alumni in London Event.
By: Bradford Management Alumni in London
May 10, 2011 - PRLog -- Bradford University School of Management Alumni in London proudly leads the way on talent in business with the latest in the 2011 Series London Lectures. Richard Cross presents ground-breaking actionable research on talent management and personal development. The 8th June 2011 is the date. If you are Bradford connected, be there!

EDGE - Taking Talent to the Limit. What makes a champion and how does the sports elite compare to super-achievers in other fields?  How can we best apply inspiration from sporting success and elite performers to: enhance individual potential at work; radically boost business performance; and, address global talent risks

Systematically looking at elite performers through the lens of a state of the art personality profile, Richard Cross presents unique scientific insight into what sets the best and the rest apart. Identifying how the Invictus spirit of sport unleashes entrepreneurial talent, Richard homes in on rugby. As the ultimate unpredictable team game, few plans surviving engagement with the enemy, both brutal and sublime, strategic and straightforward, transparent and hidden, catering as it does to all shapes and sizes, Richard psychologically profiles a squad of international rugby players, comparing them to World Champions, CEO’s, leading entrepreneurs and iconic head coaches who shape their success.

He extends the conventional talent pond by including an eclectic cast from an opera star to a West End theatre director, an international peacekeeper, an alleged spy, an SAS hero, a leader in counter terrorism. Drawing memorable lessons from two ‘unusual suspects’ exemplifying talent ‘gone wrong’ Richard enriches our understanding of the social as well as psychological complexity of talent at work.

Richard explains the virtues of emotional intelligence, self–belief and mental strengths, but not as we know them today. He highlights the potency of placebo’s, using reciprocally rather than being used by relationships, the importance of face value, the turbo-charge boost provided by mentors, social support by networks, as well as the courage of convictions and courage to change convictions.

By comparing CEO’s to head coaches he identifies the strengths and limitations of the sporting metaphor and the real lessons that can be translated from the field of dreams to the boardroom. In so doing rather than worship heroic performers he provides a compelling argument as to the positive impact of sports. In the light of ‘staggering talent gaps that threaten economic growth, ’it is in talent development, he argues the inspiration, integrity and discipline of sports can make a valuable contribution to individual, business and societal development.

He concludes by emphasising how in the ancient world, a person of arête would use their faculties to triumph with bravery, strength, and wit. In the modern world this notion of excellence, the idea of living up to one’s full potential, with a few twists, subtleties, placebo’s and networking niceties still applies. As in a decathlon we can’t all be great at everything but we can be outstanding at something, To take your talent to the limit Richard identifies from the research 15 pragmatic actions, five simple questions and provides an ‘on the road’ talent map. Following the path of modern hero’s and great sports stars we can all fulfil our dream .and convert passion to progress. Central to effectiveness is finding, using, renewing and, like retired sports people reinventing your distinctive Edge.

That’s the paradox, magic, and tightrope of success and survival. There is no other way to avoid being marginalised in the 21st century mobile talent, five generation world of work, At its core, leading, lagging, cutting or comforting, all you need is an Edge. To register please go to http://bradfordmanagementlondon.com/Events.aspx

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