As a philosophy, we believe that one should alter the environment to suit one’s individual personality, instead of bending the individual out of shape to suit the environment.
This could be a work environment, a home environment, a romantic environment; it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that to be productive, to be inspired, to be happy, to be successful, to be at your best, you need to be operating in an environment compatible with your personality. We need the world to relate to us – and communicate with us in a personality centric way.
Is this unrealistic and idealistic? Surely its more unrealistic to hope that an entire workforce will conform to suit an employer’s environment – and still perform at their best?
People are not machines, so it’s time we stopped behaving as if they were. People use logic – but they are not logical, they are emotional. They are made up from that cocktail of introversion, extraversion, task and feeling and every one of them is complex and unique.
Of course the problem is complex but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it and hope that someday soon people will perform just like machines. No, there are two stages to this problem and most of us never even resolve stage one!
- What is my personality and what are my ideal environments?
- How can my environment be adapted to be more compatible with my personality?
If you look at any organisation you will see huge efforts going towards getting the people to adjust to the environment. Perhaps it would be easier the other way round? It would certainly be more productive!
PeopleMaps champions “personality centric living”, for it benefits everyone. On a personal level it shapes our opinions about work, about school and about pretty much everything. It should be the bedrock of all personal development, of all coaching, of all business development. We live in a world of one size fits nobody and we are all bent out of shape as a result.
And where does the internet come in to in all this?
The internet is changing our environment in a significant way. With the likes of Google we are being increasingly given a personalised experience – and increased choice. We no longer have to settle for one size, one colour, we can get it exactly the way we want it. This new world experience is on a collision course with the old world. Humans cannot be treated as unique in one world and treated like a machine in the other.
(excerpt from the PeopleMaps Philosophy)