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Article No. 13 December 15, 2005

Greatness and Uniqueness are Symbiotic

A pre-requisite for a course I am taking is the Kolbe “A” Index test that reveals one’s instinctual abilities. From the site:

“What people can do usually has little in common with what they actually end up doing.”

The reason? People have been taught to ignore their instincts, or worse yet, to fear or hate their instincts.

Ignoring your instincts and failing to appreciate the instincts of others can be disastrous.

When people act according to instinct, their energy is almost inexhaustible – like water running downhill. But, when people are forced to act against their instinct, their energy is rapidly depleted – like water being pumped uphill.”

Obvious? Society seems to think otherwise.

From the very early days of school, to the upper echelons of business, it’s always about focusing on improving our weak points. Rarely is it about celebrating that which makes us great.

Yes. I did say “Great”. Greatness exists in most of us. And a person who doesn’t believe that shouldn’t be in buisness.

If all you care about with your people is their weak spots, you will have a weak company. Forever. Lucky you.

Great companies are filled with great people. The more great the group, the more great the company.

Unlocking that greatness requires a focus on finding out where each persons uniqueness lies and matching their roles to it. The more that happens the greater the power your organization will generate.

And so the same thing applies again: Unique companies are filled with unique people. The more unique the group, the more unique the company.

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This is a great management tool.

Focus on your strengths and surround your self with great people that counter your weaknesses.

As far as uniqueness goes; different point of views bring different solutions to hard problems. Having unique people around sure helps finding creative solutions to problems.

Instincts and “gut feel” have guided our business to date – and we’ll continue to focus on our strenghts. Listen – and your inner voice will speak.

Refreshing site – we’ll stay tuned!

Let’s not even go into the detrimental effects of business school. Great companies are filled with passionate people who view the challenge and opportunity as primary; money is a secondary consideration. MBAs are trained to first follow the money and then to regurgitate rigid frameworks.

I totally agree with this denunciation of modern received thinking on multi-tasking and skill-sets and the like. I guess that having a great quality can often transcend specific skills anyway. So a naturally organised, diligent performer of instructions, say, might be suited to a large number of roles in a company that formality prevents them from doing.

I often think of all the vast manpower out there that is underutilised, and worse; that people would give away for nothing if not for the entrenched morality of behaviour we get from living in a meritocratic regime.

Wow It’s a good article. Thanks!

Ali, I love your comment, “So a naturally organized, diligent performer of instructions, say, might be suited to a large number of roles in a company that formality prevents them from doing.”

The big ship is hard to turn…

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Ali, I love your comment, “So a naturally organized, diligent performer of instructions, say, might be suited to a large number of roles in a company that formality prevents them from doing.”

The big ship is hard to turn…

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Wow It’s a good article. Thanks!

I totally agree with this denunciation of modern received thinking on multi-tasking and skill-sets and the like. I guess that having a great quality can often transcend specific skills anyway. So a naturally organised, diligent performer of instructions, say, might be suited to a large number of roles in a company that formality prevents them from doing.

I often think of all the vast manpower out there that is underutilised, and worse; that people would give away for nothing if not for the entrenched morality of behaviour we get from living in a meritocratic regime.

Let’s not even go into the detrimental effects of business school. Great companies are filled with passionate people who view the challenge and opportunity as primary; money is a secondary consideration. MBAs are trained to first follow the money and then to regurgitate rigid frameworks.