The study of human personality or ‘character’ (from the Greek charaktêr, the mark impressed upon a coin) dates back at least to antiquity. In his Characters, Tyrtamus (371-287 bc)—nicknamed Theophrastus or ‘divinely speaking’ by his contemporary Aristotle— divided the people of the Athens of the 4th century BC into thirty different personality types, including ‘arrogance’, ‘irony’, […]Continue reading

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Tt goes by many names: The A-player, The Game-Changer, The Superstar. Notice the sports theme? Maybe it’s because companies scout these candidates like high school prodigies and hiring one is celebrated like signing a top draft pick. According to the generally accepted definition, “top” performers are roughly four times as productive as “average” performers. Sometimes […]Continue reading

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