If you really want to make a business skyrocket, everybody you hire needs to understand the culture, attitudes, values, and beliefs of the business from the get-go. You’re already ahead of many other businesses if you can do that effectively.
It also comes down to a business owner or department head understanding themselves. You wouldn’t want to hire people that have the same personality as you. That’s just asking for trouble. If you know that you’re a humanistic type of person (someone who feels with their heart and is slow to make decisions), you’d probably want to hire someone who’s your opposite. You need someone who thinks less with their heart and instead uses their noggin to make quicker decisions.
Opposites complement each other. There are 16 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality types. (I’m an MBTI Certified Practitioner.) Those 16 different operating systems make of these four functions:
- how individuals gain and lose their energy
- how an individual obtains information
- how an individual processes information
- how an individual works with time
Instead of 16 MBTI Types, Let’s Try 4 Temperaments
The four temperaments are:
- methodical (SJ)
- spontaneous (SP)
- humanistic (NF)
- competitive (NT)
We’ll get in to what each of the letter combination means in a future post.
Let’s say that you have a group of methodical people who think with their heads and are slow to make decisions. They’ll ask every question they can think of to get down to the nitty gritty of every topic. If that group of methodicals were all hired to work together at your business, they would probably feel ganged up on and out of their element.
A spontaneous type of person thinks with their heart and makes quick decisions. They’re the fun ones who know where all the parties and good restaurants are. If you put that spontaneous type of person with a methodical, you’ll end up with some interesting interactions. Because they complement each other so well, the spontaneous person will bring some fun to the game while the methodical person makes sure that stuff gets done.
You can make sure that you’re not missing any angles of your business if you combine a mixture of personality types. Get a bunch of different people together in your employee advisory boards. You’ll be able to look at your own business or your competitor’s business and find blind spots because each different temperament will view things from a completely different perspective.
One thing that I thoroughly enjoy is helping businesses to first understand who they are. Most individuals don’t really understand the unique way that they process information and view the world. Once you understand that, you can look at every single person and recognize what they bring to the table. You’ll be able to find people whose strong points are your weaknesses. That’ll result in building a well-balanced, cohesive team.