Rule of life #32 We like people who are like us.

Because this is so true and unconscious, we tend to attract people who are similar as friends, as people we hire to work in and on our business. Why? For one thing if we look through the lens of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, people of the same type speak the same language. There is little need to explain a lot as people of the same type filter information in a similar way and have similar processes and criteria for decision-making.

Often the people I work with have Intuition as their dominant or secondary function. While planning a facilitation, we agree on an approach quite readily. It makes total sense from our perspective. It is so seductively easy. The danger is that we may not have a full spectrum perspective and can miss the mark depending on the audience.

The same holds true for your business. While group think makes for surface looking smooth sailing, it can be a recipe for disaster. Those you have surrounded yourself with may all agree, but forget that your opinion may not be the one that matters the most. The end user needs to have their needs and expectations met. Is your team tuned in to what those requirements may be? Do you have people who understand and can speak for a point of view that may differ from yours?

We are in a race to make decisions: to get things done. Having a diversity of perspectives may require a longer process, but the end result  will be better informed.

Category: Team Building
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3 Responses to “You’re Hired: I Like Your Style”

susan January 7, 2010

Eek, I think you mean “you’re” hired. :)

Sandy McMullen January 7, 2010

Susan – Thx for the rescue – red faced here especially since I just read this article and loved it ! http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

susan January 8, 2010

It was spelled right in the browser title, at least.

I too love that Oatmeal article!

I’m at ENTP, so I must search all things for potential problems, and fix them. 😉