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Finding Your Great Gift
by David Logan
I was associate dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, and on the first day of the job I knew I had made a terrible mistake. I realized that my new job took me away from what I did well — teaching, writing, research, and consulting — and made me a manager instead.
Almost immediately, my body told me of the error. At night, the noise of my teeth grinding would wake me up, the vibration still rattling my skull. I had a constant stomachache. Although I exercised daily, I could feel the tension growing.
One of the big advances in leadership research over the last two decades offers a critical clue into the nature of my mistake: I was fitting myself into a job instead of looking to my natural gifts and finding a job that used them. Peter Drucker, the father of modern management theory, was one of many to sound off on the problem. If a person is average at something — as I was with accounting — he can spend his life in development and never get past “slightly above average.” The same person can focus on a natural area of giftedness, spend the same development time, and become world class.
I ended up leaving that job about four years into it, and everyone is the better for the change. The question is: How do you do what I didn’t and find your areas of strength?
Let’s take the next step in this blog post — how to find your “great gift” that is so strong and unique to you that it borders on being a superpower.
Think about it. What makes Batman, Batman? Wealth, fighting skills, and friends who can develop high-tech suits, cars, and other gear to aid his crime-fighting. His great gift — the one that propels him and allows him to do what appears impossible — is a belief: that he can become Batman, and that the world needs Batman. This belief is his great gift.
Are You Using Your Gift At Work?
Each year it is estimated that US corporations lose an estimated $350 Billion due to low productivity of actively dis-engaged workers. To help people and corporations solve this problem, The Milestone Brand (TMB) co-founders, Darrayl & Derrick Miles have authored Superhuman Performance, a two-part book series emphasizing Utilizing Your Gifts to Perform at Extraordinary Levels.
In this series, the Miles brothers called on their friends who many regard as some of the world’s most powerful leaders and influential personalities to partner with them to Transform Organizations and the Lives of Millions of People around the World.â€
Pick up your hardcovers to learn how to use what’s already in you to obtain the promotion, generate the profits and live the life that you deserve!
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