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by M.G. Siegler


The Problem With Popular Employees

Marissa King:

When overconfidence is discovered to be unjustified and individuals’ actual abilities are revealed, groups still don’t look any less favorably on their overconfident counterparts. Because overconfidence is socially rewarded and its detection isn’t penalized, overconfidence generates further popularity and doesn’t require individuals to acknowledge their own limitations.
What’s more, even when incompetence isn’t masked by popularity and overconfidence, people prefer to work with lovable fools rather than competent jerks. While perhaps understandable, this means that the talent of less socially adept employees is underutilized as workers seek the more appealing collaborator.

Some fascinating thoughts and revelations in this that I'm sure anyone in a workplace environment can relate to.


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