Project Management, Personality Types, And Peter Pan Syndrome

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This isn’t going to be a scientific exploration of various Myers-Briggs results and how they correlate to workplace productivity. This is a handy list of “filters” I use to avoid Bad People. (Bad People are the ones that use up all my energy that I could spend on Good People. Good People are, in this case, people I want to work with.) And yes, you might end up throwing away some Good People, too, but it’s worth it!

1.) Avoid people who don’t write things down. Example: a show-off waiter who thinks he can commit your order to his short-term memory. He’s too cool for school, bro. Surprise! Your order comes back wrong. Now imagine that same guy trying to produce a movie. No thanks…

2.) Avoid people who prefer to talk on the god damned phone. It means they didn’t write things down. If they did, they could email it to you, couldn’t they? (Text messages don’t count, and are annoying.)

3.) Avoid people who respond to business emails from their iPhone. Example: you send four very specific questions in a numbered list regarding an active project and they reply with a single sentence fragment containing no punctuation. They couldn’t even type a period at the end. And of course, none of the questions have been answered.

4.) Avoid people who are afraid of “real world, adult responsibilities.” It’s a sign that they don’t have much experience with really making things work. Beware those who don’t have some sort of “tether” (kids, marriage, house, pets, bank accounts, long-term job). They most likely don’t understand the concept of “I want to do that but I CAN’T.”

5.) Avoid people who refuse to accept the limitations of their “personality types.” I’ll be honest: I’m no good at math. I think I have some sort of learning disability. Failed Algebra 3 times. My mind doesn’t want to go to and stay in “the math place.” I easily get confused when it comes to numerals — it’s like I have some kind of number dyslexia. 9 may as well be 4 or 7. That’s why I use spreadsheets every day, for keeping track of things that I’d otherwise screw up. I let my wife do the personal bookkeeping, and I have an accountant AND a bookkeeper for my business. I pay them, but it’s cheaper than the financial disaster I’d cause. Beware of those “right brained idiots” who are always late, always lost, always broke, and don’t even have enough sense to say “PLEASE take over and keep me from RUINING this.”

Of course, this kind of nonsense permeates the Entertainment Industry. But most people don’t get into the Entertainment Industry because they want to work and be organized, do they?

-Carl.

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