You Are So Annoying!
"John Putzier, president of FirStep, Inc, a performance
management consulting firm in Pennsylvania, takes that laissez-faire
attitude even further. In his book, Weirdos in the Workplace,
he argues that some people with weird traits are in fact geniuses.
Not all, but some. Imagine, he says, having Albert Einstein
in your technology department. He might forget his shoes, but
who really cares? Weirdness can add value to the company, according
to Putzier. People feel free to be creative, to look at things
differently and to bring a perspective that conformists couldn’t
even begin to imagine.
Manary, from Assiniboine, agrees. “If you try to change
something intrinsic to their nature, you risk destroying what
is special about people — the reason you wanted them on
your team from the beginning.” For that reason, Assiniboine
offers diversity training that covers far more than the differences
among sexes, races and nationalities. “We use True Colors
and Myers-Briggs personality-type system to encourage an understanding
of different work styles and personalities,” says Manary.
For the most part, Manary says that co-workers understand that
people have to do things in their own way."
by Laureen Griffin
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