Potential: Having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. Now we’ve defined it. Let’s go get it.
Everybody has it. Some people have more than others. It is often a tough thing to judge and it’s mostly subjective.
While I might look at a person and think they have a 9/10 potential, another might see a 10/10.
It doesn’t matter unless we capitalize on it.
The lesson was first presented to me as a child while playing my sports games on gaming consoles. A hockey player might have a rated skill level of 75/100 overall. His potential was 95/100. What made this player so far below what was possible? Why did he have so much potential?
With the right training and practice, he might get to 98/100. Wow! He surpassed what we thought he could do. Or maybe he only got to 90/100. Either way, we can work to get that kind of potential out of people in life, not just in video games.
Look at your team. Who are the motivated? There it is. Who are the dedicated, driven, focus, and hardworking? I believe those are the biggest sources of potential. Positive? Even more.
My feeling is that I’d rather have a mediocre employee with a great attitude than a good employee with a poor attitude. I can do so much more with the average employee. I can take them to great with their attitude. The disgruntled? They might stay good, but they might even fall to average or worse.
We don’t have to rate people like we saw in video games, although it might help. You know from being around people. Some are natural leaders. Some are in it and will do whatever it takes to get it done. It’s up to us, the people who look, to see, recognize, and develop that potential as quickly as we can.