There is no question that talented people are important to the success of an organization.  But beware of the trap of attributing all success to talent and all failure to the lack of talent. Talent can bring great individual success but it doesn’t bring long-term great organizational success.

It is the system that leverages and magnifies talent, that brings great organizational success.  As leaders, we can’t ignore the recruiting and cultivating of talent, but I will argue this is an A- priority.  Our A+ priority is designing, building, and revising a system that prioritizes effort for the purpose of maximizing results.

What is interesting is that the leader who espouses the value of talent, spends more of his time trying to buy and incentivize better staff.  Yet even with this focus, he still ends up looking at the back bumper of the leader who focuses on system design, execution and training.

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