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BLOGFinding the Pearl

by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Management

Have you ever worked with (or observed) a leader who was truly motivating? If so, you may have wondered how they did it, and by extension, how you might become this way.

The job of the leader is to use each person’s special strength – their pearl – to its full advantage. The pearl is their special ability: analytical strength, drive, smarts, great relationship builder, etc. When the pearl is found, and used, not only is the person more effective, but they are also happier. If you find the pearl in others, it is far easier to get things done.

Five ways to find the pearl in others:

  • Ask them: what do you do better than anyone else?
  • Ask them to self-select: ask each person in a group to choose their tasks, based on the jobs that are available. (People usually choose the task where they will best succeed.)
  • Ask others: what type of problem does person X solve better than anyone else?
  • Observe: who does everyone go to for solving a particular type of problem?
  • Test: Give group members low-risk trial assignments and determine who does better at what.

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Once you’ve found everyone’s special ability, then learn from them. If you do this well, and often, your “pearl” might be the ability to find, and shine, the pearl in others.

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