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Tailored Output is a professional development coaching company with an emphasis on goal-setting, career-planning, and team-building within the context of creating whole and fulfilling lives. 

Individuals working with Tailored Output will uncover their unique genius to identify career opportunities that will contribute to a whole and fulfilled life.

Organizations working with Tailored Output will learn how to assemble multi-disciplinary teams--staffed with engaged and motivated members--to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks in alignment with the corporate mission and values.



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Diversity is Mandatory

Julie Slanker

I told you once that not all work is your work. Remember?

It wasn't so long ago that I encouraged you to look at the landscape of activities required to overturn the status quo (you can no longer stand) and determine what of that effort is work that only you can do. What tasks will benefit most from the unique Genius that only you posses?

Well, what about the rest?

There is no doubt a long list of actions, activities, objectives, and outcomes that will require a different Genius than what's inside of you. Probably multiple different Geniuses, if we're being honest.

You know what that means...  

It's time to build your team.

It is time to find people who make up for what you lack. Or who have some of what you have along with the energy to multiply your effort. Who are motivated by your compelling Vision and wiling to commit themselves to the future you are creating, as uncertain as your path to success may still be.

It's time to enlist partners and participants. 

As you begin to assemble your cohort - whether it's loosely held or tightly bound, whether it's well-defined or nebulous, whether you assign specific roles or ad hoc tasks - only one criteria is mandatory: Diversity.

[Quote: "A deeply diverse team can be as good as a deeply talented one." - Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy, Resiliance]

[Quote: "A deeply diverse team can be as good as a deeply talented one." - Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy, Resiliance]

Diversity is Mandatory

Because it is the only way to succeed. 

First, because you have blind spots. You have your areas of lesser strength, and you also have areas that you don't even know you'll struggle with, because you've never tested that aspect about you. 

And, because you're biased. We all are. Our lifetime of experiences, traumas, successes, and failures has created a pattern of behaviors and reactions in each of our heads. There are rules we all follow, even though they aren't really rules. And our individual ways of observing could cause us to miss the most important markers for our future success. 

Most importantly, because the future is uncertain. Yes, you have your Vision. You know what you are creating. And hopefully you have a clear understanding of the status quo - as it is. What lies between today and your eventual success is unknown beyond the first few visible steps. You cannot anticipate the mix of Genius you will need by your side as you reach step 5 or 8 or 53.

Sure, you could wait until you get there to determine who else to recruit to your team. And you may have to do that, still, even after prioritizing diversity.

But there's something to be said for creating a core team from the beginning. The things you will learn together as you begin your quest will create a common bond. The obstacles you overcome, even while the path is still relatively simple, will develop critical knowledge about how you all function as a team. Who leads, who organizes, who envisions, who begins, and how do the roles reverse under different circumstances?

How the team collaborates cannot be quickly taught or learned, it must be developed from within. Together. 

So as you begin to enlist support for the future you are creating, ask yourself: are you satisfied with the diversity on your team? Are you happy with the mix of Genius, experience, and training?

Or do you need to share your Vision even more broadly?

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Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath