April 05, 2008

Leonardo da Vinci – a person with many talents

On Wikipedia, I read that Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be one the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. The Italian was a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, an inventor, an anatomist, a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a botanist, a musician, and a writer. What an extraordinary curiosity Mr. da Vinci must have had.

Reflecting upon the many talents of Leonardo da Vinci, I asked myself the following question: Although some people may have greater talents for some things than other people have, every person has a talent for something, I believe. My question is: Are we all doing enough to help each other find, use, and develop talents, i.e. to do what we can become really good at doing? I imagine that we could all create more value faster, if we worked more on this. What do you think?

According to work done by people working for the Boston Consulting Group, managing talent will be one of the key challenges in Europe in near future. To know more, have a look at this publication.

To get back to Leonardo da Vinci: If you are interested in finding out how he looked like, then watch this 4½ minute video:

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