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For You What Is a Talent?

The analysis of the data of the respondents allows to conclude for the absence of a specific definition of talent, appearing this concept associated not only to personal characteristics, but also to individuals, groups and even concrete organizations, reflecting the fail also identified in the literature to provide a definition of what is talent [9-13].

From the perspective of individual characteristics, the concept is presented as “... something intrinsic of the person and that it manages to perform almost naturally and even when it demands work it seems that it does it without any effort” (Subj. 3F). Several respondents (39 answers) consider that talent is a capacity, competence or skill that stands out most in a person and that will be used by the company.

Talent is also understood within this perspective as “. an unusual, extraordinary capacity that a person possesses and that stands out from all others in a given area” (Subj. 14M). This differentiating and unique capacity still appears “as an innate aptitude” (Subj. 31F) or “acquired by an individual” (Subj. 38M), that is “a natural or worked capacity over time, but that without a doubt will make a person stand out from others” (Subj. 39M), in line with the literature [16, 21, 22, 32].

Talent as a polysemous and polymorphic concept is equally perceived as something that can designate an individual, group or organization, as stands out from the respondents answers:

A person or group of people who have a characteristic and/or ability that makes them stand out positively in the performance of a task from other people (Subj. 40M);

A group of people who are the best at what they do, who are hard to compete with; Who give their maximum in what they are really good at and strive to be better and better (Subj. 20F);

There are companies that are themselves a talent, since they function in such a way that the whole is different from the sum of the parts. That is, all the individual talents that exist are as if powered by something that can be the company’s culture, values, goals or even leadership and with it the company is something even better and distinct from most other companies (Subj. 15M).

A talent can be “someone who stands out for his ability to adapt and to maintain high levels of performance even in professional areas he does not like.” (Subj. 25F), which clearly emphasizes adaptability and resilience as key to defining and building a talent [24, 34]. Finally, the respondents highlight the fact that whether at the individual, group or organizational level there is a need for dynamism, for development and continuous improvement (38 subjects provide similar answers).

 
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