Is personality unchanged and unchangeable?
“I Yam What I Yam.” -- Popeye
“He wanted me to change my personality.”That’s what the young woman told staff members after a counseling session. It was the first and last conversation in what had been projected as a series of talks to help her learn management.
I had been asked to speak with her because, as newly appointed editor of a small weekly newspaper, she had inaugurated her “reign” by summoning the staff members, one by one, to appear before her and her second-in-command to explain why they should keep their jobs.
Some of those people had been reporting that town for years. They had been fellow staff members with her in her brief history at the paper. They knew her.
They would have considered this spectacle hilarious if their personal livelihoods hadn’t been at stake.
In this particular example, the central figure came from a prominent family that had just sold the paper to a regional organization.