Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

If you’ve owned a company for any length of time you realize a majority of your challenges involve people. You need to get your people to do what you want them to do. You also need your employees to “get along”.

I’ve realized is that it’s not always a good thing for employees to “get along” with each other and see things the same way. It’s a very rare person who can step into the shoes of another and see an issue from the other person’s perspective. It’s your job as a manager or C-level executive to get the team to play together and win.

One reason why an employee is so good at what they do is because of their personality. This is a result of how their brain works. An engineer / scientist type usually sees things in black and white terms. Their brains are wired that way. You WANT a person engineering something to think in black and white terms. That allows them to engineer the final product correctly. Conversely, a salesperson is all about building relationships, rapport and ultimately convincing the buyer that they need the product they are selling. They see the world in grays NOT black and white.

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2 Responses to “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

  1. Chris says:

    Good insight- you could even say that people who’s brains are wired a certain way should not even be in certain industries. (Government comes to mind) However its tough to categorize people. As far as collaboration, the mix of minds and disputes can have a better outcome in many cases, because if people see many sides to an issue, the chances of coming out ahead are way better than a dictated decision from a high level employee or principal. Another reason democracy rules!

  2. John Boudreau says:

    Chris,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Great point!

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