Appreciating Talent – “the cracked pot story”……

Often we get so focussed on a single dimension of performance that a lot of other goodness in people goes unnoticed. One of the lesser practiced principles of talent management is to simply accept people the way they are and encourage them to play to their strengths. Find your natural advantages and then seek out avenues where you can capitalise working to those strengths.

You can relate to “The Chinese Cracked Pot” story :

A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. I am ashamed of myself, and because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. The bearer said to the pot, Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side. That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.

Each one of us have our own unique flaws – we are all cracked pots in that sense. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them . . .

Recognise your strengths and those of your most precious assets. Working to your strengths makes you most competitive. It is nature’s way of winning!!

Cheers !


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