It has been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and who am I to disagree. I love the sparkly little things. But, in the world of business, I love a different kind of diamond more. These kinds of diamonds make a real difference.
Just as the glittering rocks have been valued through the ages, there are some people who are true diamonds and they shine!
But how do we measure a diamond’s value? Any diamond aficionado can tell you that diamonds are graded on the 4 C’s – Carat Weight, Cut, Clarity, and Color. When we look for our ‘human diamonds’ the same just might hold true – Let’s take a look…
Carat is the unit of weight for the diamond. A carat is further subdivided in 100 points ( 0.01 carat = l point ). One carat is equal to 0.20 grams. Value per carat increases with carat size, because larger rough diamonds occur less frequently. In other words, 2 half-carat diamonds taken together will not cost as much as 1 one-carat diamond, as the one-carat stone is more rare.
Is there a carat weight in human terms? You might say so. The carat weight of true contributors in an organization is measured by the value they bring through their skills and talents. They carry their weight as part of the team – and the scale they are measured by is one of results.
Cut refers to the proportions, finish, symmetry, and polish of the diamond. These factors determine the fire and brilliance of a diamond.
When it comes to people, we all start out as ‘rough’ diamonds. It is through our journey that we gather the skills, the lessons, and the polish we need. The most valuable diamonds are continuously learning, seeking, and finding balance. They have a symmetry that allows them to make the greatest of contributions in business … and in life.
Clarity describes the clearness or purity of a diamond. This is determined by the number, size, nature, and location of the internal (inclusions) and external (blemishes) imperfections.
In the case of our human “diamonds” their clarity is revealed in their values. These are people with passion, with integrity, and most of all with a willingness to share what they know with others through mentoring and leadership. You can find them in every level of an organization – not just at the top. It is the lack of flaws in their character that makes them shine.
Color describes the amount of color the diamond contains. Fancy-colored diamonds such as the deep blue Hope Diamond are among the most valuable and sought-after diamonds in the world.
When it comes to our ‘human diamonds’ the value is in their diversity. There is something about them that makes them different and that difference enhances their value. It may be a spark of creativity, a different perspective, or a new frame of reference; but, whatever it is, their uniqueness brings depth to the team and to the organization.
Scoop them up
So in business (and in life) be on the look out for diamonds. Gather as many around you as you can. They are a sure way to add value to what you do and a sure-fire strategy for success. A company filled with diamonds is sure to shine. Don’t miss they opportunity to scoop them up when you find them!
Thanks for stopping by. Stay Tuned…
P.S. – Thanks to the folks at The Diamond Source (Scottsdale/Los Angeles) for their easy to understand explanation of the Diamond’s 4C’s. If you want to know more you can find it here