elevator-buttonPeople. They’re the worst. One of the great lines (in a series of great lines) uttered by Bill Murray in “What About Bob?” as he is baring his soul to Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) while explaining why he was divorced from his wife: “There are basically two kinds of people in the world. Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t. My ex-wife loves him.”

Love that movie. Love that man. Love that line.

Got me to thinking about some other either/or criteria I’ve witnessed as a dedicated observer of homo-sapiens; so, in the spirit of Bob Wiley ~ Here are five more “There are basically two kinds of people in the world…” definitions:

1. Those who hold the elevator door and those who press “Close Door.”

2. Those who signal a lane change and those who know better.

3. Those who grab for the check, and those who time their restroom visit.

4. Those who screen calls, and those who answer the phone.

5. Those who replace the empty roll of toilet paper, and those who leave one square.

Which ones are you? What does it say about you? I know there are a few of these that would find me on the self-absorbed side of the ledger, but I’m working on it. These particular five items usually overlap from our personal to our professional lives, and here’s the rub; Your family, friends, and co-workers all know which type of person you areYup, they do – ask them, you may be surprised.

(Why only five? I was hoping you might chip in your own observations and, quite honestly, I hit a wall.) Thoughts?

John “Whit” Whitaker is Founder of the HR Hardball™ movement. We’re known for our straight talk, no-nonsense approach to complicated issues. I’m also known to take pot odds on a set of rags just to see your reaction, so be warned.

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