Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders: How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life

Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders: How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life

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Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders: How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life

Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders: How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life

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Synopsis

Are you a born entrepreneur or a born leader, possessing innate characteristics that somehow you better than others at these important business activities? Although most observers give little attention to how genetics affects your behavior in the work world, your DNA accounts for over one third of the difference between you and your co-workers on many dimensions of your work life, from how satisfied you are at work to how you make decisions to how much money you make. Because genes matter, understanding how they affect your behavior is important. That's where this book comes in. It discusses how your genes influence your work interests, work values, decision making, risk taking, management style, leadership style, creativity, entrepreneurship, and work performance, among other aspects of your work life. This book will help you understand why you do what you do, and help you to make the most of what "you've got" - your skills, your personality, your attitude, and so on. It will help you to find the right job fit for your innate preferences. Moreover, by providing you with an understanding of how genetics influences your behavior, the book will help you to act in ways contrary to your "nature." Finally, the book will help you to figure out how to best influence the behavior of your employees and coworkers, by designing incentives and changes to the work place that fit people's genetic predisposition.

Excerpt

If you are like most people, you probably recognize intuitively that your genes—the DNA that makes you who you are—affect your work life. At the most basic level, you probably believe that being tall is important to becoming a professional basketball player, and you might even blame your height for the fact that you don’t currently play for the New York Knicks. Since you probably remember enough high school biology to recognize that your genes affect how tall you are, you probably have a gut sense that your DNA is at least partially responsible for your failure to get drafted into the NBA.

If you thought about it a little bit more, you’d probably realize that your genes affect other things about your work life, too. If you are among the large number of people who wear glasses or contact lenses because your eyesight is worse than 20/70, you don’t have good enough vision to be a military pilot. So the variants of the genes that affect eyesight influence your job choice, too. And unless you are among the small number of supermodels reading this book, you might have even cursed your parents for the genes that kept you from that modeling career. In fact, you might even think that genetics has something to do with the business success of your annoying brother-in-law—the one all the relatives refer to as a “born entrepreneur.”

But even though you probably recognize at some level that your genes affect your work life, you probably haven’t thought about the myriad of influences that your genes have on your job choice, work performance, work values, career, job satisfaction, and a variety of . . .

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