Personality Matters

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on September 16, 2005

When it comes to hiring, which in itself is probably the most important decision a business owner can make, it is most crucial to hire someone who has the right personality and attitude to fit with your company’s culture and goals. Anyone can be taught a new skill, but no one can be taught a new way to work with other people.

Marc Drucker
President
newlogic
Boston

Reader Comments

Michael Jobin

September 16, 2005 9:28 AM

That's so true. If you find yourself cringing whenever a new hire speaks in front of customers, you should start looking for a replacement. You just can't teach interpersonal skills.

Dustin

September 20, 2005 3:23 PM

I would agree that personality is important. But even though skills can be taught, strengths are not easily changed. Someone without strong organizational skills probably won't fair well in a paper work heavy job. Likewise, a post that requires innovative thinking may not be suited for an inside-the-box mind. No matter the personalities.

Jennifer Munro

December 17, 2008 12:55 PM

Carl Jung said the "goal of personality is wholeness," which means that when we listen to what our own personality is trying to tell us about what we should be doing and where, and about how we inherently react to others, we get the information we need to make our best decisions and reach self actualization. And, that when we match personality to tasks and environment in those we hire, we do the entire organization a favor.

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