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Your personality, "trained out of you"

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Apprentice 2009 has finished, so I’ve got my Wednesday nights back. There is always so much to write about (and that is written about), and I’ve managed to avoid the temptation so far. However...

A thought that struck me is that there is a real danger in training that personality becomes overridden by techniques, so the real person becomes buried underneath some defined right way of doing things. Kate (see here) prompted my thought on this - she was so smooth, unflustered, and got criticised for this. When she mentioned that she’d studied Psychology & Management I (possibly incorrectly!) I jumped to the conclusion that, just possibly, she’d learnt too much about being controlled, dispassionate, and level-headed.

As with most things, there is a balance to be struck. Someone uncontrolled, hyper-passionate and unbalanced is going to be hard to work with. But for those of us who are naturally somewhere in the middle ground, being ourselves - being authentic - is the most powerful state to be in.

I love nothing more than people who get fired up about something, show their true colours, have passion and excitement in their lives, because, quite simply, they are honest and interesting.

Training, at its best, offers tools and techniques to use in a way that adds to your own, interesting, dynamic personality, and doesn’t replace it with bland, calm, boring greyness. Be yourself - but acknowledge that even you can improve!

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