Life is full of paradoxes that some say require balancing; however accepting an appropriate location on the paradox continuum, when dealing with the paradox conundrum, may be as good as it gets! An example of such a paradox follows:
- Personality/Value Differences can be Strength
- Personality/Value Differences can be a Weakness
Each person is born with a distinct personality and this does not really change much throughout one’s life. Values are normally acquired as people grow and develop, with significant influencing factors being: country of birth, parental upbringing, social networks and so on. A person’s values can adjust over the course of life as more experiences are gained; but rarely do values change significantly.
The key to success (personal or professional) is to acknowledge that throughout life exposure to people with a range of personalities and values happens daily; and that an understanding and, more importantly, an accommodation of these differences through one’s behavior allow these differences to: play out synergistically as a strength (win/win outcomes) versus play out antagonistically (win/loose outcomes).
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