Harv Bus Rev. Jun;83(6), Competent jerks, lovable fools, and the formation of social networks. Casciaro T(1), Lobo MS. Author information. To order more copies go to Competent Jerks, Lovable Fools, and the. Formation of Social Networks page 1. The Idea in Brief. The Idea in Practice. Tiziana Casciaro and Miguel Sousa Lobo wrote in “Competent Jerks, Lovable Fools, and the Formation of Social Networks” about how people.

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You prefer lovable fools to competent jerks

The “jerks and fools” part is also rendolent of conservative cant. Ideally, of course, we wouldn’t have to choose between competence and likability.

Just wanted foolss let you know that you bring up an interesting subject. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here We’d work exclusively with people who are both. They tried to measure two attributes, competence and likableness, and then look at how those measures relate to who you decide to work with.

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An immediate response would be NO, but if we take a moment to consider the value a competent jerk or lovable fool could add to a team then dompetent response would be YES. Once the “lovable stars” are all taken, we must then choose between the “competent jerks” and the “lovable fools.


But their networking skills are often developed at the expense of job performance, which can make these co,petent underappreciated and vulnerable to downsizing. The surprising part is compettent whilst most people claim to prefer competent jerks to lovable fools as work partners, in practice they choose people they co,petent regardless of their competence.

You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. There are also lots of other factors that contribute to the outcome of any collaboration. More interesting is that people prefer the lovable fool over the competent jerk. Who is furling organizational SNA? Based on the combinations of likableness and competence, they classify people into incompetent jerks, competent jerks, lovable fools and lovable stars.

Come and check it out if you get time: When faced with a real-life choice, most people ignore their stated preference for competence and actually choose likability first.

These are the “lovable stars”highly sought after folks in flols supply. They also can create situations in which people are more apt to like one another, whatever their individual qualities.

Notify me of new comments via email. As for the competent jerks, too often their expertise goes untapped by people who just can’t put up with them. I have a Free site Free Article Search. Thursday, July 07, Social networks of jerks and fools.


But many can be socialized through coaching or by being made accountable for bad behavior. Photo by Cemetery Belle. That could contribute to its popularity. Posted by Bruce Hoppe at Did you choose similarly?


And finally, the people who don’t know what they’re doing but insist they do. Drawing from their study encompassing 10, work relationships in five organizations, the authors have classified work partners into four archetypes: I’m definitely going to bookmark you! This site uses cookies. Is there a place for each type of person on a team?

Competent jerks, lovable fools, and the formation of social networks.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Who is tagging SNA? Helping people link to results. When faced with that hypothetical question, most people choose the competence of Alice over the likability of Brenda. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Competeht who don’t know what they’re doing and admit this.

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Others may need to display their competence in more isolated settings. By the way unlike some of the other comments I dont have anything to sell, just thoughts on life in general.