Let’s first try to understand what is ‘Natural-ability’ before trying to understand what your Natural-ability is and how to use this potent idea in improving your effectiveness individually and as a team.
Natural-Ability is a description for a level of ability. To simplify it let me offer four broad levels of ability. At the bottom is ‘Inability’, where we just can’t do a particular task. The next level is ‘Learnt-ability’, where we can do a particular task. The third level is, ‘Excellent’ where we not only can do a particular task, but we can do it well. We can get up to ‘Excellent’ level through training and developing our skills. But to get to the fourth level, ‘Natural-ability’ we would not only be really good at doing a particular task, but we are passionate about, it energizes us and it inspires others. It is simply something natural in us. Therefore I believe we cannot get to the level of Natural-ability by training ourselves, it should be within us. It is a word used to describe your natural strengths. It also highlights your responsibility to put your talents to work for the shared purposes of those with whom you make a commitment of this tremendous energy.
Unlike learned behaviour and social style, ‘Natural-abilities’ are instinctive. The ‘Natural-Abilities’ concept stems from the discovery of four creative instincts through which we initiate all action. Each produces a distinctive cluster of behaviours or preferred mode of working. All goal-oriented action is initiated through one of these Modes. Everyone has more or less equal conative energy, yet individual intensity in any one Mode may vary. These variances give you your distinctive talent. The 4 Creative instincts are:
- IDEA SEEKER: Through which we are a catalyst, generalist, innovator, entrepreneur, promoter, or impressionist.
- INFORMATION SEEKER: Through which we are a pragmatist, prober, arbitrator, practitioner, researcher, judge, or realist.
- ACTION SEEKER: Through which we are a manufacturer, moulder, builder, hand-crafter, weaver, agriculturist, or handler.
- SUSTAINABILITY SEEKER: Through which we are a planner, designer, programmer, theorist, systemiser, or pattern maker.
While you can do an online assessment to find your Unique-ability in https://www.sensei-assessments.com, you could do a self-assessment by looking at the description above and asking yourself, what of those types of tasks would you love to do, what would you do for free, what would energize you, what would you do with ease and produce amazing results.
Once you figure out your Natural-ability, you can produce excellent results by working in a job related to your Natural-ability. If your current job were not in line with your Natural-ability, it would help to have a conversation with your boss and see if you can move to a job within the organisation that is in line with your Natural-ability, perhaps a job-swap with someone else to help align with his or her Natural-ability. If you are a leader you could assess Natural-abilities of your team members and move them to jobs to get as much synchronicity as possible between jobs and Natural-abilities.
Since we need to also do task coming under areas which are not our Natural-abilities, we need to develop the other three areas to excellent levels through undertaking relevant development programmes. Imagine if majority of our team members are in their Unique-ability areas, imagine the energy, the motivation, fun at work and overall success of teams! I wish you success in taking steps in getting yourself and your team members in to Natural-ability areas so that you can savour unthinkable success!