Friday Tips: 10 Ways to Bring Out the Talent in Your Employees (Part 1)

As you are putting together a team and making hiring decisions, you are always trying to find the best possible candidate for the position. Often times we get lucky and find the perfectly qualified person with all of the experience and knowledge we could ever ask for. However, this may not always be the case and we are often left with a very good candidate but someone who needs a little guidance on our end. It is our responsibility as leaders to help bring out the best in our employees so they can grow and thrive within the organization.

Here are five tips to start using today to bring forward the talent of your employees and enhance your whole team’s performance.

  1. Invest in training: That “very good” candidate can quickly become the “perfectly qualified” candidate with a little bit of training. It is important to make sure all new and existing members of your team are offered the best information and training efforts to assist them in their roles. Reach out to your team and ask each member to give you one thing they would like to be trained in and then find the best way to get them that training. It can be something as simple as leading an “Excel 101” class on spreadsheets for the team.
  2. Praise effort, not ability: Some of your team members will be the most knowledgeable on certain topics, while other team members may not have the most knowledge but are enthusiastic and constantly willing to learn more. As a manager, you need to be able to give credit to those employees who are putting in the effort because they will often end up being your most successful team members.
  3. Believe in them: The best boss is one who believes in you, and this is often very easy to tell. A team member will notice if you are not heartfelt when you tell them you believe in them, or when you are giving them support. Don’t just say it, mean it. If your employee knows you really believe in them, they will work harder for you out of mutual respect.
  4. Share both your weaknesses and strengths: A good boss does not just show their employees the best parts of them. You are only human, and your employees need to see that to build a connection with you. Make sure you share your best strengths with your employees to help them learn and grow and also your weaknesses to show them that no one is perfect and there is always room for growth.
  5. Send your team members on to bigger and better things: While you may want to keep all of your best employees for yourself, you have to be able to let them go and move onward and upwards within your organization. Make sure to talk to each of your team members to learn their goals and aspirations within the company so you can help to put them on the right track. Introduce them to the people that are currently working in the field of their interest, and always give positive feedback where it is due to those people.

Whether you find yourself with a team of perfect candidates or a mixture of knowledge and abilities, make sure you follow these five steps to help ALL of your team members grow and thrive. Check back in next Friday for five more simple tips to bring out the talent in your team!


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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