Do you work with a bunch of normal people? Is the place where you work normal, or is it filled with a daily dose of abnormality? Is your team productive, efficient, and successful?
Could it be? Should it be?
Hiring managers are always striving for fit. The house builder probably has to be prepared to work in various weather conditions, understand foundations, lumber, and blueprints. When he or she does, they are probably considered normal and may likely be a good fit.
In the business of politics, someone representing the democratic party isn’t going to fit well in the republican party. Sure, people change their minds and their beliefs, yet in simple terms the fit just isn’t there.
Onlookers at the dynamics of groups of people will often see normalcy. At the same time people within the group see outliers. They see the outspoken, the shy, the backward, they see differences.
What is normal?
Many things in life can be explained through a bell curve. A place where something starts, grows, gains momentum, and ultimately declines.
A new product has a life-cycle. It has a start, growth, and decline.
What happens in the middle is often what people call normal. The beginning and the end are uncertain, but during its peak, there are plenty of people both willing and interested to be a part of the norm.
Normal seems desirable, attractive, and a place to get comfortable.
By most descriptions, there are normal weather patterns, normal cars, homes, and clothing.
Normal is normal, until it isn’t. Until something changes or pressure is applied. Chaos may even be normal, and then serene is different.
You and your team may be more normal than you think. Even in a group of differences, that may be normal.
If you’re normal, right now is the best time to make something happen.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.