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How To Build A Talent Stack: Easily Grow Your Influence At Work

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Building a potent talent stack for yourself is probably one of the most effective ways for personal achievement. But you’ve probably never heard of the concept of talent stacks.

If you are looking to grow your influence at work, learn as many skills as you can to the point where you are at least better than most others at them. You don’t need to be one of the best in all to build your influence in the workplace.

What Is A Talent Stack And How It Can Help You Grow

This compilation of skills or a talent stack, when combined together, will make you much more useful on teams and in your work. Leaders and colleagues will be drawn to you and will want you to work with them because your contributions will come from multiple angles to power the team through difficulties.

Some of your overlooked talents might often come from past failures. If you’ve had to run Twitter promotion for a company’s project. Even if the campaign did not get much visibility on Twitter or with your senior management, you will still have picked up valuable experience for how to brand on Twitter and how to get people to engage on social media.

This skill and experience will give you a leg up if you ever have to do another project at work or at home related to social media engagement.

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Dilbert creator, Scott Adams, discusses Talent Stacks in his book – How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

The book is filled with great advice and will help you grow. You will learn how Adams used his unique talent stack to create his Dilbert comic strip.

How To Develop Your Talent Stack At Work

Willingly take on roles outside your comfort zone as they force you to learn.

Don’t focus on having one or two outstanding talents. It ends up being a waste of time seeking perfection in only a few things. Instead, add to your repertoire as many abilities that you are just about decent in.

If you are above average in 10 things...
You are worth so much more than someone who is the best at just one.

A Potent Talent Stack That Will Make You Stand Out At Work

Persuasion

Public speaking

Business writing (clear and persuasive)

Marketing/Branding

Risk management

Coaching/teaching/leading

Finance/investing

Understanding of social media and future trends (AI, blockchain, crypto)

Most critical, a good understanding of the art of persuasion based on current behavioral sciences research will allow you to enhance any existing skill. It will make that talent of yours more potent and visible. You will surely increase your influence in the workplace with this.

Our full persuasion reading list can be found here:

Adding Influencing And Persuasion Skills To Your Talent Stack

If you are looking to add influencing and persuasion skills to your talent stack, this list of the best books will help you get there quickly.


Shaun Mendonsa, PhD is an influencing expert and pharmaceutical development leader. He writes on the topics of influence and persuasion, and develops next generation drugs in human pharma by advising international pharmaceutical CROs and CMOs.


Keywords

Talent stack, Career development, Scott Adams, Influence, Persuasion

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