Two kinds of people. Had a strange week. Lots of ups and downs. Rough client interviews, laborious data cleaning, too much travel, and so-so sushi. With the ebb / flow of consulting life, I was struck by the fact that there are 2 kinds of people . . . . .
Only two kinds of people.
- People you like to work with.
- People you don’t like to work with
It’s actually that simple. If you are in management consulting, you have a lot of the boxes checked in your life. Fair salary, interesting problems to solve, smart people to work with, clients who want your opinion. Lots of good things. The biggest variable in quality of work life is the people you work with. In many surveys, it shows that relationships with the boss is the #1 reason people leave their jobs. I am lucky that I like the people I work with.
It’s subjective. Who I like might be different from who you like. That’s okay.
Find good people and take care of them.
Be relevant in their lives. Pray for them. Lead them, and follow them.
- Hypothetically, would you trust them with your money?
- If you owned a company, would you hire them?
Don’t try to please everyone. As Bill Cosby said, “I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone.”