Turning Singular Skills into Unique Extraordinary Talent Stacks
Over the last few weeks I have casually shown a number of people how I work with clients to discover and create a visual representation of their Talent Stack. In every case, the response has been “OMG, you have to share this with more people! NOBODY out there teaches this stuff!” So it seems about time I bring it out of hiding.
“The idea of a talent stack is that you can combine ordinary skills until you have enough of the right skills [combined] to be extraordinary. You don’t have to be the best in the world at any one thing. All you need to succeed is to be good at a number of skills that fit well together.”
Scott Adams, Creator of the Popular Dilbert cartoon and Author of “How to Lose at Everything and Still Win Big”
What Scott doesn’t mention here is that once you are able to create your own personal Talent Stack, you have something that is completely unique to you. The combination of all the skills, talents, experiences, and interests combined with your personality will not be replicable by others. It’s like a talent fingerprint.
When I first heard about the concept of Talent Stacking about 5 years ago, I was intrigued. The idea of it fit strongly with the way I like to work with people to showcase the best version of themselves. I had seen Scott Adams whiteboard the concept numerous times and understood it intellectually. However, it didn’t seem to be easily implementable for most people.
The process of doing deep reflection of skills and talents beyond typical resume content is surprisingly difficult for most people without some type of a framework or guided process. So over the course of several years I experimented on myself and developed a process for identifying all the necessary components as well as a framework for creating a visual representation of a person’s Talent Stack. I gradually filled in the gaps in Scott Adam’ conceptual model to make it easily implementable for anyone.
I started working through the first iteration of this process during my last job search. I used this new way of thinking about my skills and experiences and did quite a bit of work figuring out new and fun ways to talk about the full scope of my talents (along with the standard resume fodder that passes through Applicant tracking systems).
I used the interview process to experiment with how I could share the uniqueness of who I am amidst the mass of others who had similar functional backgrounds. It was fun and freeing and I enjoyed the interview process way more than I ever had before because I became more than my 2D resume could ever portray.
When I decided to move forward with my Coaching and Consulting practice, I knew I had to find a way to help others apply what I discovered so that they can begin seeing themselves differently, develop a stronger sense of their unique value (to employers as well as anywhere else in their lives they work with others) and have more fun in the process of understanding and sharing the fullness of who they are.
While the most recent version of my Talent Stacking process was included in my Career and Life Reinvention program it hasn’t yet been made available on its own. But having gotten such great feedback from people over the past few weeks as I’ve been sharing it more and more, I’m realizing that needs to change.
So I’m excited to share it with you! Come explore with me!!
If you want to get a peek into what it would take to create your own Talent Stack – you will want to see this process in action. You can get a taste of it by signing up for my 3-day Talent Stacking Masterclass/Workshop series going live December 27, 28 and 29 – Noon-2pm Central.