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Talent Assessment

Change from good to excellent

In the course of running my practice in the Eighties in New York, I came in contact with some very talented people active in the sports and business world. A remarkable fact was that they all thought ‘differently’, approached things from a different angle and were extremely quick to understand what the core of the problem was. I shared these subjective experiences at a congress in Zurich, where people of the Chelsea Football Club were also attending. The club was interested in developing the ideas on talent further and so studies were started up doing brain testing on extremely talented people in sports, classical music and business.


After testing 350 exceptionally talented people, it turned out that they had a much higher speed of information processing than the average person and that a specific type of memory is extremely well developed. People with talent store information and use this information to bring forth a future action. The combination of a highly developed level of memory and rapid information processing therefore leads to a mind-blowing understanding of the world around us and is characteristic of talent.


We were also interested in studying who could remain at the world top. Some people with talent only touch on the top of the world briefly and then disappear into anonymity, while others remain at the top for a long time. Think of people like Roger Federer, this man is able to apply himself to train hard and long for lengthy periods of time to keep fit. What are the motivational characteristics of such a person. Study shows that this type of person wants to control himself and his environment, these people are analytically minded, can handle mental and physical blows and often think out of the box.


You are not alone in the world and your environment must contain characteristics which will optimize your talent. If you were an extremely good ice hockey player, you will have a significant disadvantage if you live in Namibia and will be able to develop well when living in Canada. To achieve the best you can be and to optimize talent, therefore also has an environmental character.


Evolution has shed light on the core values needed for success. There are three variables: talent, tools and communication. When these variables are optimally present, a talent is able to develop in its entirety and the basis for sociotechnology, a study of processes aimed at improving the functioning of people and organization, is laid.


Neuroscientists have given us insight in how to influence behavior and how to change it so that one can reach the highest level in oneself. This can also be divided into three processes: talent, opportunity and motivation. Talent and motivational values can be measured. We have also gained insight into how to create the opportunity in which talent can be optimized.


The Cognitive Lab can help to greatly improve your organization by measuring talent/motivational processes and can give advice as to the best opportunities to optimize these people. This will change your organisation from good to excellent!