Too smart for success?
“Above all, the stupid have success - I'm just too smart to be successful.” For me, that sounds like high level whining. How could you better justify your own failures than saying: I'm just too intelligent to be successful? wrote Robin Brunold in his commentary - and rekindled the discussion on a topic that had already gone online in April 2010 and already caused a stir then.
We put topics in the media
Because then I brought up the old post again, he was again very heatedly discussed, especially on Twitter and on Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® as well as from various media.
For example, he was hired by media representatives as the career editor of ZEIT ONLINE tweeted (see comments in the post) and at Spiegel Online there was a publication, which I was addressed by several readers, because the title and also a few excerpts resumed the thesis of my post, even if Spiegel Online informed me via comment (see below update) later, that it seems to be a older contribution from mirror job, of which I have not seen any evidence.
But what I really mean: I would like to pick up and discuss the exciting theses of the Spiegel article, whose authors, of course, have dealt with the subject in much more detail. This is because scientific studies were also used here to discuss the question of whether IQ tests are useful for applications and, consequently, whether intelligence is better for a career or not.
What studies prove
The authors come to the conclusion that, although initially intelligence is not critical, if one follows empirical studies, but already. Intelligence is not harmful, but maybe it should not be too much then. And finally, really different factors decide: diligence, charm, unscrupulousness, manners, network, gender or even luck. That's the impression, but the empiricism comes to a different conclusion. A long-term meta-analysis shows that the more intelligent an employee is, the sooner he will deliver good work and be successful in his career.
This actually sounds logical, and yet the mirror writers in the further course of their article show that intelligence is a fairly relative matter and confirm what I in my article wrote: Often, intelligent people also disrupt the processes in Company: They are not only very critical with themselves, but with others, questioning work processes, can not adapt well, putting their finger on wounds. As a result, they make the bosses nervous, they could even cheer up the colleagues. So fire better right now! For Schlaumeier and Neunmalkluge are unpopular, already in the school and also in enterprise. The high-powered nerd, who can not communicate clearly, has the look.
For intelligence, therefore, the mirror authors also conclude, also to back again, not to show the other man their stupidity before the eyes and thus not to spread salt into wounds.
Adaptation as a sign of intelligence?
Adaptation, then, as a success strategy and the intelligence as a sign that this adaptation is mastered? This may be right in the short term, but whether it is the right strategy in the long term, for one itself, the company and the society, may be questioned.
You could list examples from the history here, but I would rather have one here Blogpost of Svenja HofertIt makes clear how important even the hard-working, unpopular cross-heads are for the long-term success of a company.
If you are intelligent, you should not renounce it. Whether this intelligence can actually be measured in IQ tests is something that not only the commentators of the Spiegel article doubt.
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