Being task oriented is defined as using one’s cognitive abilities to resolve problems, create processes, design solutions, and invent new gizmos. Most of the world’s inventors, great artists, brilliant minds, etc., were not people oriented. They were task oriented. Einstein was an extremely unpleasant man when it came to interacting with others.
When one eliminates task oriented people from the work force because they are neither team players nor people oriented, systems begin to break down. As much as it is necessary for there to be people oriented people around to take care of the nurturing aspect of humanity, life on earth needs people who can take care of the tasks that require other skills.
There are very few people who are both task oriented and people oriented. One tends to be one or the other. So, generally speaking, while all those people oriented people will make clients feel really good on a one-to-one basis, over a period of time, governments lose their way, companies will lose their market share, and the balance that ties the two together in a working equilibrium will dissolve into a breakdown of the system – be it politics or business. That is, of course, where we are, right about now.
Task oriented people need, once more, to be recognized for their ability to create answers to pressing problems. They need to be able to work in peace without the constant fear that if they don’t say pretty please to someone who is ultra sensitive that their job will be lost. Office politics have a lot to do with people oriented people. Task oriented people aren’t involved in office politics are they’re loners by nature. They get the job done and aren’t interested in the people.