“Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That’s what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.”
Should one’s interactions with people at the workplace depend solely on one’s professional estimation of people? Can people totally detach their personal opinions and thoughts, and judge people at work- only by their work? Should they? I think not. This quote from ‘The Godfather’ totally applies to this. Great companies hire based not solely on skills, but culture fits and attitude. There is a reason for this. You wouldn’t want to work with people whose values don’t align to the business or to the people around them. You don’t want to work with just smart people, but good people.