Why Are You Here?

Why Are You Here?

The subtle shift into thinking like a sociologist makes for relatively dramatic changes in how we approach the workplace. For example, there is a vast and growing literature about groups, teams and personality types. Essentially, the idea is that if we can know our employees better, then we can pair them up with people whose skills are complementary to create a super team where one person’s deficiencies are made up for by another person’s strengths but that there is enough overlap in terms of personality so as to squash dysfunction. The job of the manager is to identify these personalities and skills (often with the help of one of the myriad of assessment tools on the market) and assemble the pieces together.