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Milton Glaser on Why You Should Only Work With People You Like

Design guru Milton Glaser explains why your relationship with your co-workers will ultimately determine your success.

For legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, working with people--or for people--that you don't like is a recipe for failure.

According to Glaser, the only time he ever accomplished anything professionally occurred when he had a partnership with people he genuinely enjoyed being with.

During a conversation with Inc. creative director Blake Taylor, Glaser explained why "cooperation and affection" were crucial every time he was able to produce quality work.

"The sense of being in the same boat was essential to the relationship [and] there was no internal sabotage because one person wanted to have dominance over the other," he says.

"I just found the distinction between work that was done professionally--which meant that somebody gave you a job and you had to match their expectation--and work that was done collectively, was profound...Only groups that really work together with the sense of commonality ultimately accomplish anything in civilization."

To hear more about the importance of liking your co-workers, watch the video below.


Milton Glaser: Design and Art Are Like Sex and Love

Legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser sat down with Inc.'s Blake Taylor to talk about the definition of design, the importance of art, and why you can have one without the other.

Last updated: Aug 8, 2014


Graham Winfrey is a staff writer for He previously covered alternative investments at Private Equity International magazine, prior to which he worked at Business Insider and He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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