10 questions that will improve your judgement of people

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When I come across an article that I love, I’m always torn on whether to simply link to the article, pull a quote from the article and then write some fluff to go with the quote, or copy and paste the meat from it. In this case, I’m going to copy and paste the meat. Unless you consider these words fluff. In which case I’m going to go with the second option.

In a recent article for the Harvard Business Review, Anthony K. Tjan (a venture capitalist) wrote a list of 10 questions that will make you a better judge of people. If you have a couple of extra minutes1 to read the full thing, click here. Otherwise, here they are:

1. What is the talk-to-listen ratio?

2. Is this an energy-giver or -taker?

3. Is this person likely to “act” or “react” to a task?

4. Does this person feel authentic or obsequious?

5. What’s the spouse like?

6. How does this person treat someone she doesn’t know?

7. Is there an element of struggle in the person’s history?

8. What has this person been reading?

9. Would you ever want to go on a long car ride with this person?

10. Do you believe that this person is self-aware?

If you want to take this to the next level, try spicing his list up with a little self-honesty. How do you fare when you ask the same questions about yourself?


  1. It will take you 4 minutes and 24 seconds to read it. 

  • Krista Daviault

    Great article – definitely something to think about, and puts words to what often gives you your initial impression of those you meet. Also excellent for some self-reflection and as applicable, self-improvement. Your content is always value-adding and interesting to read – thanks for another insightful post!

    • Ellen Symons

      I agree, Krista. This is a very valuable post for me, and explains some of my good hires and my not-so-good choices, although I didn’t previously have words to describe these elements this clearly. Now I’m off to read the full article.

      • ayearofproductivity

        Awesome! I’m happy you gals found it so valuable!! The full article is worth a read for sure.

  • Krista Daviault

    Great article – definitely something to think about, and puts words to what often gives you your initial impression of those you meet. Also excellent for some self-reflection and as applicable, self-improvement. Your content is always value-adding and interesting to read – thanks for another insightful post!

    • I agree, Krista. This is a very valuable post for me, and explains some of my good hires and my not-so-good choices, although I didn’t previously have words to describe these elements this clearly. Now I’m off to read the full article.

      • Awesome! I’m happy you gals found it so valuable!! The full article is worth a read for sure.

  • sparkshowerz

    This article made me stand apart from me,and think about myself.My read for the day.
    Thanks!

  • sparkshowerz

    This article made me stand apart from me,and think about myself.My read for the day.
    Thanks!

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