If everyone in the world acted and thought the same way, what would be the end result? Most likely, the diverse array of cultures around the world would disappear, innovation would be stalled forever, and everyday conversation would be dreadfully dull! In fact, it’s the interaction between various personality types, cultures, and schools of thought that have shaped the human race in positive ways and given rise to some of its greatest achievements.
Case in point: rock and roll music. While the R&B, gospel, blues, folk, and country genres were already pretty great on their own, it was the blending of those different styles in the 1950s that led to so many amazing musical acts that followed. Whether you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones, Prince, Nirvana, or Taylor Swift, they all owe much of their success to the rich and vibrant musical alchemy that preceded them.
Businesses operate in the same way; the best ones are greater than the sum of the individual people. At The Container Store, we believe there are many different types of great employees, so we hire people from a myriad of backgrounds and skill sets to help us remain creative and innovative. And it’s not just good business—it’s also a lot more fun!
Below are a few recent business articles related to this topic:
“Why Your Company Needs Diverse Personality Types” by Rob Toomey (via Forbes)
“It’s common and natural to connect and build rapport with people who are similar to our own personality type. But, ‘hire in your own image’ is an unwise practice: If everyone sees a situation from the same perspective, it’s easy to get blindsided by something that would have been obvious to someone with a different outlook.”
“4 Ways To Train Your Brain To Be More Open-Minded” by Stephanie Vozza (via Fast Company)
“People prefer to hang out with people who are like-minded, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While this makes for easy-going relationships and conversations, it doesn’t help to broaden your perspective or open your mind. To do those things, you have to purposefully take other actions.”
“How Different Personalities Can Work Together” by Roger Trapp (via Forbes)
“Businesses have long used personality tests in recruitment and in training and development. Indeed, it is a rare manager who has not been through some sort of personality assessment. But, with workforces becoming more diverse in terms of race, gender and age, it is arguable that leaders need to have a much better understanding of what makes their colleagues tick and how they can encourage them to work together effectively."