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Talent Scouting

Employees' hidden star qualities might be just the thing to put your business's name in lights.

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This story appears in the May 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Do you know how talented your employees really are? Every employee has hidden talents that could take your company from good to great. "People come with more talent than the job they're hired for," says Robert Kelley, a professor of management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Tapping the talent zeitgeist is more important than ever before. Employees want their hidden talents to be recognized and developed: When Indianapolis loyalty research firm Walker Information Inc. surveyed 2,400 employees last year, it found two-thirds wanted to leave their companies because there weren't enough development opportunities.

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