Wednesday, January 22, 2020
MYERS-BRIGGS, DISC, AND OTHER BEHAVIORAL AND personality-based assessments have given us insights into the unique characteristics of ourselves and our coworkers. When applied, they can provide tremendous help as we try to shape organizational cultures that are effective and respectful. Yet, even where there is awareness and respect for personality differences, frictions remain that seem to be impervious to these tools. Indeed, some conflicts seem to be inherent in human interaction. Mimetic (meaning imitation) theory is a unified theory of social sciences relevant in fields as diverse as anthropology, geo-politics, psychology, and economics. It sheds light on why even educated, socially-sensitive people can act in predictable and harmful patterns.
Published in Winter 2018
LET’S SURVEY YOUR CURRENT STAFF! How many people in your organization have been there 10+ years, are deep-rooted and likely aren’t going anywhere until retirement? We’ll call these staff “trees.” Next, how many people haven’t been there long, and their position will likely turn over multiple times in the next few years? We’ll call these our “revolving door” roles. Today, what percentage of your team is trees verses revolving doors? Is it 70/30, 50/50, 30/70? There’s no right answer, but it’s important to know your current breakdown.
Published in Winter 2018
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