"Everyone has talents for which they have the energy to distinguish themselves within an organization."
The story of Amelia Earhart is a source of inspiration for TaPasCity. Amelia worked as a nurse in a military hospital in Canada during WWI. Afterwards, she started working as a social worker in Boston. When she went to an air show at the age of twenty, something amazing happened: she discovered her real talent and passion and realized that she had to fly. Shortly after, she took flying lessons and became world famous for being the first woman to cross the Atlantic as a pilot in 1932. In January 1935, she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific. The moment she made contact with her own TaPas, she described as follows: "As the plane swooped by, something inside me awakened. I did not understand it at the time, but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by. I knew I had to fly."
More info about Amelia Earhart can be found here.
The story of TaPas starts in 2013 at DHL Global Forwarding. The former HR director asked me a simple question: "Marc, we want to do something for our High Potentials - but before we start, how could we 'spot' our talented employees?"
Finding the answer seems less simple. There appears to be no real method to map talent and passion.
I see this as a real challenge and start my own research. For three years, I have been working together with developmental psychologists, pedagogues, professors in psychometrics, mathematics and statistics from various Flemish universities to eventually come up with the TaPas ideology.
Just as the TaPas ideology is still a unique way of looking at talent and passion, we have formalised our organization in a unique way.
We organically grow with and by passionate employees who, each from their own TaPas, strengthen our community and support each other.
In this way, we create the space to keep improving one's knowledge and to further develop their own TaPas as a practioner, coach or change facilitator.
By putting our crew members in their power, they can give the best of themselves to guide others in the search for talent and passion.
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