Do You Know Next?

What's Next?
What's Next?

Everyone has special gifts they bring to the table, value they add to their organization

Often, for myriad reasons, these gifts, these talents, go unnoticed.


Because the employee’s gift is so different from the status quo that it looks crazy.  Moronic.  Maybe even stupid.

Just like Hugh MacLeod stated a few days ago.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    You make a great point…perceived needs from the employer don’t normally allow their employees to operate outside the box, so to speak.

    I remember a few years ago, sitting in what had been an excellent year-end evaluation meeting with my boss, and I was asked, “What do you want to be doing in 5 years?” That’s the kind of question that should be leading, or rather, driving the goals for employee development for the next year. A boss should listen and try to help the employee cultivate that talent for the employee and for the company. Instead, I remember when I said what my passion was to do and where my talents reside, that I was told, “That’s not your job, and you will do the job you are in.” That’s the general state of America right now – do the job you are in, not necessarily the job you enjoy or are best in doing. And that oftentimes generates the right employee for the wrong job.

    And yes, it runs counter again to the John Maxwell quote, that says, “Law of the niche: people are most valuable where they add the most value.”

    In my case, the talents didn’t go unnoticed – they just got pushed down so that those above me could get the jobs done their way. And I am sure I am not alone.


  2. It’s a very challenging time and we are facing pressure and stress that comes along maybe once in a lifetime.

    It’s a sad time, but also a hopeful time.

    Sad because it is what it is.

    Hopeful, because it forces us to think, and potentially, act differently than we ever have in our entire lives.

    We may never get this chance again.

  3. Ok, I’ll go.

    Crazy is as crazy does.

    Sometimes we have to do what is counter-intuitive.

    If you are free to walk away, you have much more leverage.

    If you can’t walk away, better to blend in, eh?

  4. I don’t believe in blending in. I don’t think I could blend in if I tried, and I have.

    Luckily, my craziness is a much needed aspect of my job. 🙂

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