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Many executives fail to identify their most talented people. Usually, that’s because they’ve placed too much trust in one of the following assumptions:
  1. The person with the most drive is the most talented.

  2. The most experienced person is the most talented.

  3. The smartest person is the most talented.
Wise leaders consider those factors. But they do one more thing that allows them to extract the most talent from their people: They identify the range of each person’s talent in key areas and expand it.

Example: You have a highly creative member of your team with a lot of drive, but with little exposure on high-stakes projects. Expand her range by providing a high-visibility, big-budget project.

— Adapted from First, Break all the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, Simon & Schuster.

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