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Would you hire an achiever, a dream weaver or an eager beaver?

Maybe it takes all kinds to make the world go ‘round. But in the workplace, different strokes may throw a cog into the works, if people aren't paying attention.

American humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) pointed to such diverse personal characteristics, when he said:

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”

Maybe Twain was right. Surely, anyone who has pored over a padded resume or endured endless name-dropping will agree with the gist of the statement.

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But perhaps there are actually three basic kinds of people, when it comes to human resources and employment selection. Maybe these include the achiever, the dream weaver, and the eager beaver.

What sort of candidate would you prefer to hire, given the choice?

Who would you rather have on your team? Would you prefer the doer, who brings a wealth of quantifiable experience to the job? Would you pick the visionary, who brainstorms big-bang solutions to any potential problem? Or would you select the highly motivated, but perhaps somewhat green-behind-the-ears person, who comes packed with potential?

The first might require specific direction and authoritative management. The second will surely take some grounding, coupled with a solid dose of reality. And the third may need considerable training and guidance.

Having addressed this question, what type of employee might you be?

Knowing your own niche, how might this insight help you to position yourself for success in the workplace?

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