Anyone who follows Dilbert creator Scott Adams has heard the term “Talent Stacking”.
Defined, talent stacking is the acquisition of a combination of mediocre skills that makes an individual surprisingly valuable.
I view talent stacking differently than becoming a “Jack of All Trades”.
Where a J.O.A.T. acquires random non-complementary talents, a stacker develops skills that can be applied in unison. These complementary combinations create a much greater impact than the sum of their individual parts.
For example, song writing is a neat skill, but it hardly helps a surgeon become better in the operating room. Give the same song writing ability to a comedian, however, and the comedy/song combination can become very interesting.
To take the “stacking” concept a step further, picture an attorney with average legal knowledge. Couple that knowledge with phenomenal persuasion skills and you could be looking at one great trial lawyer.
Which leads me to where I was going with this post.
Scott Adams cites persuasion as the single most important talent needed for success.
Persuasion is needed in selling, negotiation, management…. persuasion is the ability to influence.
Show me an individual with great persuasion skills and persistence (a characteristic, not skill) and I’ll show you someone destined to soar.
That’s exactly why I’ll dedicate a large chunk of my personal time in 2017 to further develop my persuasion skills.
Through consumption of this rather large reading list and application of the things learned from these readings, I aim to make the next 365 days a period of tremendous growth.
Be on the lookout for updates on my progress!