Do you have multipersonalities within your organisation?
The chances are, you’ve never even been asked that question. So, allow us to elaborate.
In the modern world, the ‘multipersonality’ is becoming something of a sought after character trait. Far from being a disorder, it’s considered a skill within the workplace and the presence of those who exhibit such quality can lead to highly productive teams and some of the best work a company is capable of producing.
What is a multipersonality?
This isn’t a new phenomenon. In fact, multipersonalities have been around for centuries, and one of the most famous was none other than Leonardo Da Vinci.
Da Vinci is perhaps best known as a painter, but he was also a brilliant sculptor, engineer and scientist. During the Renaissance, the prevalence of people who exhibited highly-tuned skills in a variety of disciplines was quite common, leading to the terms ‘Renaissance minds’ and ‘scanners.
If Da Vinci were alive now, he’d probably be revered as a multipersonality, and finding people like him to work within your business could be a very good thing indeed.
Why do businesses need multipersonalities?
The term ‘Jack of all trades’ has done its level best to quash any thought that people can be highly skilled in more than one area (particularly when it is coupled with ‘master of none’). But that’s rather unfair; we’re all capable of excelling at more than one thing.
The clerical assistant who is a brilliant writer may be the perfect person to take on the blogging work for the new website. Perhaps the accounts team member who has been with the company for many years but who is a graphic design hobbyist could be the ideal candidate to develop the new branding.
Hidden talent is everywhere, and because most people are rather reluctant to let the world in on theirs, HR teams and management need to be proactive in drawing it out and encouraging latent talent to flourish.
Hiring new staff is an expensive business, which is why it makes sense to maximise the skills that are present in-house – no matter how well they’re hidden.
The benefits of multipersonalities
You may not be convinced. Multipersonalities sound rather difficult to find and if they really are that reluctant to show off what they can do, is there really time to invest in convincing otherwise? Isn’t it simply easier to hire the right people at the right time?
Not necessarily. Don’t write off multipersonalities just yet. We think there are six reasons you should find the ones that reside within your business.
1. They’re with you – now
As previously noted, recruitment doesn’t come cheap, and in a world full of multiple ways to find and hire new talent, it can take an awfully long time to find the right people.
Multipersonalities exist within the four walls of your business. They’re with you already – you just have to sniff them out.
How? Make part of the employee review process dedicated to thinking outside of current roles. What else can people do? What stuff do they love doing in hobby form? If people really are skilled at something, the reluctance to talk about it will soon fade into blind passion once they realise the company takes an active interest.
2. They’re brilliant problem solvers
People who specialise in one particular area are trained to be brilliant problem solvers within one, narrow field. That’s great, until something unexpected happens that falls beyond their remit.
Worse still, if a problem occurs within a business that appears to lie beyond the remit of any single department, how will it ever be solved?
This is where multipersonalities usually shine. Because they spread their capabilities across a range of fields, they’re more likely to be just as wide-ranging with their problem-solving skills. Experience in a range of disciplines fosters the ability to think creatively when something goes wrong, and that’s a vital asset in business.
3. Teams become stronger
Specialists will always be needed, but teaming them up with multipersonalities is a great way to boost the overall performance and strength of any given team.
The combination of specialist thinking and that which extends to lateral thinking and inventive ideas will increase productivity and the quality of products and services. As a result, customers will enjoy a far better experience and the business will always be ahead of the curve in its thinking.
4. They adapt effortlessly
Multipersonalities have one quality which is perhaps more revered than any other, and that’s the ability to adapt quickly to different situations.
If a new market segment needs to be targeted, or the business decides to adjust its overall positioning within the market, it needs team members who can adapt quickly to changing conditions, goals and environments. Multipersonalities are great at doing this, and their ability to do so is infectious.
Many of the people who harbour multiple skill sets in the modern age are particularly adept at technology. Someone who is proficient in web design might also be an expert in network administration, while someone who is a spreadsheet maestro may also be a talented programmer.
Tech is just one area where the ability to adapt to changes within the business should fall primarily at the hands of the multipersonalities within the organisation, but there are plenty more.
5. They learn – fast
To become a multipersonality, you need to be able to pick things up quickly. For some, that means a desire to read every book and web article on any given subject, while others have the inherent (and enviable) ability to learn the ropes of virtually anything in super-fast time.
It goes without saying that fast learners will benefit any business, but sniffing them out among the existing ranks isn’t always that simple. Like anything HR-related, it comes down to appropriate monitoring, coaching and the ability for management teams to spot people who seem to be running faster than everyone else within their team.
6. They have curious minds
The businesses that disrupt industries are the ones that are curious. Apple developed the iPhone because it decided there must be a better way to create a smartphone. Tesla came to be because serial entrepreneur Elon Musk deemed the future of the car to be electric, without compromises.
Albert Einstein once described himself as “passionately curious” which sums up how influential such people can be.
Don’t be afraid of an apparent lack of specialisation within a certain employee. Chances are, if they’re a multipersonality, they can achieve far more by distributing their skills across a broad range of areas within the business.
Do all you can to find multipersonalities within your business and encourage them to shout from the rooftop about their latent talents. The more multipersonalities you find, the more will naturally start to come out of the woodwork and, before you know it, you’ll have built a team that is anything but single-minded.