Miscellaneous

Paul’s One Big Question for October 11, 2018

Can a personality trait or characteristic that is a strength in one set of circumstances or situation be a weakness in another set of circumstances or situation?

Conversely, can a personality trait or characteristic that is a weakness in one set of circumstances or situation be a weakness in another set of circumstances or situation?

For example, can decisiveness be a strength in some situations but not in others?  Again, can indecisiveness be a weakness in some situations but not in others?

8 thoughts on “Paul’s One Big Question for October 11, 2018”

  1. Yes, definitely. Single mindedness, for example, can be a huge strength for entrepreneurs in terms of developing and growing a business but it leaves them unable to focus their attention on anything else, family and friends for example, which can then be seen as a weakness or a failing.

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  2. I used to work for an engineering company that specialized in small jobs. Because of that, they hired engineers who were very good at taking charge and solving problems alone. They did a lot of small jobs, and made a lot of money.

    Then they got greedy, and decided to start bidding on bigger jobs– and discovered that their engineers did not work well with others. Everybody was accustomed to doing things their own way without help, and couldn’t adjust to splitting up the work and doing things communally. The engineering skills were the same, basically, but the social skills were different.

    The company went bankrupt in a little over a year.

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  3. I had to learn to temper my honesty with tact. I learned it was not okay to tell my mother that she looked like a bug in her new glasses, but when she sewed a new outfit she actually wanted me to tell her honestly what I thought of it so she could make adjustments (she was a clothing designer). It took me quite a while to learn that there are some instance when honesty is important, and some instances where it is not.

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