A word from a CEO #78

by Basilis Kanonidis

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How I like to work

Hi all –

I think it’s so important to be transparent and open about how we like to work, communicate, and what our different needs are. It’s why everyone at Drift takes a Predictive Index assessment during the interview process, and why I’m such a big believer in personality tests in general.

But this wasn’t always the case. At my first company, someone on my team decided that we should take the Myers-Briggs test. I was the last person in the entire company to take it. I didn’t believe in it – I thought I was too logical of a person to buy into it. But I took it out of guilt and it was an “aha” moment for me. It wasn’t so much that I learned something about myself – but it helped me understand my teammates better.

And then a few weeks ago, Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, Tweeted this:

Reid Hoffman Tweet

It got me thinking again about the importance of understanding other people and how they like to work. This is probably even more important while we’re remote because it’s harder to have a quick conversation in the hall or the kitchen.

I created and shared a “guide to working with DC” for the team at Drift. And strongly encourage you to make one for your own team. Be proactive with your teams about sharing how you like to work. It will only make your teams better.

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