The lie of the career factor intelligence: success from stupidity?


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People like to talk about success, good ideas and a smart strategy - something that requires a certain amount of intelligence. But maybe all nonsense, because often just have the stupid success - because they live by the motto: "Three-is-cool". The lie of the career factor intelligence: Success out of stupidity? The lie of the career factor intelligence: Success out of stupidity?

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Too much intelligence just hurts

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Actually, the thesis comes from a good friend, with whom I spoke some time ago about a few old acquaintances - highly intelligent, but was the issue of career is clearly on the wrong track. The reason, so my friend: Intelligent people are more self-critical - and self-criticism is the success in the way!

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A tip is therefore: Be as vehemment as possible - whether you're wrong or not. Because the more specific you appear, the more people believe it. I'm afraid there is more to it than you might think at first glance. But: to bring something vehemment over, what is wrong - I think only people who do not question themselves. And think about your own mistakes and claim something to stand out: That can stupider people actually better!

Intelligent people are more critical

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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!

Or is seditious behavior again just a sign of stupidity - like Corinne Maier in The discovery of laziness attested, because one makes it better beautifully comfortable? Yesterday I read once again in a career counselor that just women would do well to adapt themselves to the rules of the game and always bravely glue the boss. Good people, who keep the good faith, rather than say their opinion: Unfortunately much too often usual and mE innovation killer Nr1.

If you do not work, you have more time to think

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With this thesis, I was recently confronted with an event. And she even agrees: If you munch out in your job day by day, you simply do not have to do your own actions.

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Sometimes that might be just fine - but sometimes (self) criticism would not hurt. In The Art, Less To Do, the authors also describe how work has historically been used as a manipulation factor - very interesting. The mistake in the thesis: Not all Hartz IV recipients are intellectual lights.

Smart people see through the games ...

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... and just do not feel like it. Maybe not all. But some people become more of an existentialist. Because why should one turn all day in the hamster wheel, if it is otherwise?

At this point, one hears now the frustration argument "These are people who did not make it!". Counter question: What actually means "make it?" - because everyone has to make any compromise - or?

This is what science says: German personnel are not very interested in intelligence

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This thesis has also recently been underpinned by a psychological study: According to this, German staff are not very interested in the intelligence of their employees. In the United States, however, intelligence tests as a setting criterion have long been recognized practice.

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244 studies from Germany were evaluated according to the latest methods - and the Bonn psychologist Jochen Kramer has it in a so-called meta-analysis: General intelligence is, however, an important prerequisite for a high work performance and professional success.

4 Areas of professional success were examined

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That means: It does not look so bad in the German personnel departments. Because the study has also examined very specific data on the influence of intelligence on four areas of professional success. These are:

  1. Work performance,
  2. professional learning,
  3. Income
  4. and professional career.

Thus, if an employee is selected with their intelligence in mind, he is likely to achieve a high work and learning performance with a probability of well over 80 percent - compared to 50 percent at random. According to Kramer's investigation, intelligence makes it successful!

Intelligence: Career opportunities are at 70%

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The chances of the selected candidates to make a career and to achieve a high income are, considering the intelligence, at almost 70 percent. "For differently complex professions fluctuations are to be expected with these values", Kramer relativizes, emphasizes however the fundamental connection: "the smarter an employee is, the sooner he delivers good work and is successful professionally."

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Intelligence, ie the mental abilities of a human being, was as broad as possible in the analysis. "Only studies that included at least two of the three areas of mental abilities - numbers and arithmetic, language skills, and spatial imagination - were included in my study," explains Kramer.

General Intelligent more important than mental skills

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Basic assumption is namely: In the professional life general intelligence is important instead of only specific mental abilities. Since general intelligence is not the only decisive factor, the Bonn scientists are now interested in how much of the share of success, for example, have emotional intelligence or social skills.

However, the question remains whether the formula higher intelligence = more success actually always applies or has its limits. Why, for example, are so many above-average intelligent people relatively unsuccessful?

The creative has ideas, the stupid she steals it and becomes successful

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An example that often occurs in history: the first mover is not always the more successful one. Because most people only have to get used to new ideas, good ideas are usually often suspiciously eyed and smiled.

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Some good idea is still not quite mature! Bad luck for the first mover, if the second mover simply takes the idea, improves - and thus becomes successful. The creatively successful has the look, the stupid the success!

I now put this consciously as a theses in the room - and look forward to an animated discussion!


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  1. Harriet Lemcke

    Moin,

    I also observe again and again (sometimes fascinated, sometimes shocked, sometimes angry) that it brings stupid people astonishingly far and a provocatively-rebellious self-complacency to the day. A few months ago, I had a discussion for a business start-up - my counterpart was looking for communication specialists for joint consulting projects for medium-sized customers. It soon became clear that my counterpart was blessed with complete ignorance as far as communication in general and special matters was concerned. He said, however, shrugging, "And if I only have 3 perception of the subject, then I still know 3 per cent more than the entrepreneur, whom I sell that expensive." And I have experienced in the same context a real specialist has consistently challenged everything to deliver the best possible results, but is not in a position to place its services on the market under appropriate conditions.

    Transferred to salaried employment, I can also confirm that there are people who have tremendous expertise and the ambition to drive the business for which they operate. They work hard and are rarely praised or even promoted. Others, on the other hand, the "steam talker and coffee cup carrier" have little idea of ​​anything, have an opinion on everything, are in no time with the boss by "you", do everything private in the working hours (so they have their minds free after work) spend spending more time in the boss's office than at their own workplace, are not interested in the big picture or their own productivity - and are promoted. From the organization's point of view, this is almost logical. Organizations strive to maintain stable states. Lateral thinkers COULD bring the company forward. However, they are uncomfortable, threatening to question the existing system with their way of thinking and are therefore perceived as unpleasant. The idlers, on the other hand, are unproductive, but also harmless. What's more, they give those responsible a good feeling.

    And here the circle closes, because here the laws of the market apply. In the end, no products and services (analogous to intelligence and productivity) are purchased, but solutions and good feelings (analogous to coffee-epidemics and chief mother-mothering).

    • Simone Janson

      Dear Mrs. Lemcke,
      that with the feelings, so coffee break philosophies and Chefbemutterung, you said nicely. I also come more and more to the point that man lives much more in the Stone Age than he likes.
      One point, however, I see now a little different from when I wrote 2010 this article: courage is important and courage is rewarded.
      However, there are a lot of intelligentsia, which critically question, how they themselves call the example so beautifully, but which also push themselves before decisions and ultimately before the responsibility. It was precisely the lack of self-confidence that drove your specialist ...

  2. Nele E.

    Hello Mrs. Janson and interested,

    the theme has been around for a while, but I have seen it here for the first time. Since I have always thought about these phenomena, here is a little insight: the polarized entry is possibly a feedback round a tried and tested means - especially to knock positions :-). The subject itself, however, is very complex and complex and raises many other questions. Defined concepts are essential: what is intelligence, what can be recognized and / or fixed? What does "stupidity" mean and then - in the context of success and / or career ?! Everyone connects different content and goals with it !!!! => and accordingly, ratings are excluded. In addition, incalculable factors such as "at the right time at the right place in the" right "company or the closing of an existing" gap ".... and so on.
    Something more general: a few factors are, I believe, already part of the "success" and "a career". It needs the "will to power", targeted "dealing with power", competence: hard facts and the application of selected aspects of soft skills such as: B. communicative competence => use of effective rhetorical means to achieve goals (verbal and non-verbal) through persuasion and u. Circumstances also persuasive ("seduce"), or TO IMPLEMENT THEM !!! etc. ... ... Also - as discussed here - to be convinced of oneself and to be able to put oneself in the center, that is: to be present, not to hide, to signal, I can do that, I do that, I want that, etc. .... , The ability to make relevant contacts, to be "mastermind", to cultivate rope-teams, which means: I can create and use shoulder-ties. Last but not least, success requires a "narrowing" to a (previously i-as defined) focus. And finally: "The dose makes the poison." Too much or too little decides also about success and career => Rise and decline !!! Because being able to hold on top requires power, energy, strategy, etc. ....
    I would like to add two aspects of intelligence (otherwise a "doctoral thesis could be created here: - D): intelligent people need" food "for their brain, so they often stalk to find it. In these ways they encounter all sorts of deer who are not interesting to them. Therefore, they prefer to ignore these antlers or overtake them left or right. That does not like the Hufern however. In turn, they use their own nourishment for food and shift to the ruminating of the tried and tested "eternal" same. Therefore, they acquire with the well-known porridge quite considerable skills in and with different branches, but each prefer similar content such. B. Organization, planning, leadership, control, etc. .... , With these processed purees, the Hobees (highly gifted adults or highly gifted bees: - D) face each other and find in execution and performance no equivalent for themselves, because they prefer to deal with issues such as: Are we doing the right things? ... as: Are we doing things right? or from both viewpoints are able to think, feel and act, etc. ... .. The ability to see forest AND trees and moreover traces in the sand, snow and the sky, often generates incomprehension, fear, resentment and envy !! Therefore, attacks and battles occur, which often respond to the cognitive-controlled property in such a way that it OVERLETS the place and leaves => quite raised head, but without "recognizable victory". :-)) Or sad !!!!
    The last note: high intelligence is often paired with high sensitivity and / or sensitivity (Andrea Brackmann !!! => quite normally gifted and Beyond the norm, sic !!!), that has the consequence that this "be different" communicates with other people and does not "necessarily" encounter "love" but rather connotations on the contrary. Thus, in addition to the "not seen and become recognized" is a rejection, because the "other" behavior and interest is perceived as a lack of nest smell. Okay - So far - so good. Smirking allowed - absolutely :-))

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Nele,
      I must admit that the contribution was then shot very impulsively from the belly and I today would perhaps not write it so. Yes, I know these very intelligent people, who in others with their other way of thinking achecken. However, there are two ways to deal with it: to lament it or to think with the given intelligence about how to communicate in this way and the other to understand one. In this respect, the contribution that I wrote there would be a little too late for me.

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  5. Manuela Potthast

    I almost shared the article - after all, a good approach. I'm up "The mistake of thinking that not all Hartz IV recipients are intellectual lights."
    Many ALG II recipients work full-time and have no more time than a well-paid head of department or similar.
    Yes, of course, people who think and think about themselves and are not always the most popular co-workers. But there should nevertheless be companies which attach great importance to this.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mrs. Potthast,
      However, I have not fully understood what you are upset about the thesis: "I am not the only one to criticize the hypothesis that has already been posed, with the statement" Not all Hartz IV recipients are intellectual lights ". As you say, employees are not stupid in the company, who have no time to think - and vice versa, not all Hartz IV recipients are covert geniuses. There are such and such. Now I have given a polemic light on the subject, in order to stimulate reflection and debate on the subject.

      Because that is what it is ultimately: for the contribution does not imply any general theses. To generate attention and resonance, polemic is, unfortunately, much better than differentiated consideration.

      It is possible, for example, to make an article from the best comments. Moreover, I am excited about the attention of an old article by 2010, which I myself have been aware of by a recent comment.

      I find it a pity that you do not want to share the article and other people have the opportunity to say your opinion on the subject. But of course this is your decision.

  6. Milena Dagko

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  8. Simone Janson

    Hello Mr. Brundold,
    Jein - on the one hand, I agree with you, certainly with such an attitude is also a piece of self-compassion with it and one would like to say "then think you just what creative, intelligent out".
    On the other hand, I would like to take as an example times my own industry journalism: What is going really well, just are not the hochintelektuellen offers from Feulliton or economy but cat content and cruises in Dubai - o-ton of an editor.
    Recently I was at the gas station, where only two regional newspapers and the Bildzeitung were sold to newspapers. Everything else had not gone, I was told.

    Would we now conclude that more intelligent offers are unnecessary and adapt the level of all newspapers accordingly?

    I see that it is also very intelligent person in the job so that they often go for example because they see things differently than the colleagues or the boss and uncomfortable. Of course, one can represent his views more subtly than some do, but is this always good?

    How are your experiences?

  9. Constantin W.

    Too much intelligence only hurts: The stupid are more successful. Good point!

  10. Robin Brunold

    "Above all the stupid ones are successful - I'm just too clever to be successful"
    For me, this sounds especially after wailing on a high level.
    How better to justify his own failure than by saying, "I am simply too intelligent to be successful."

  11. Fakt_mrs

    The problem of the creative is the monetarizing of its idea. Everyone needs this type, but no one wants to pay it.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello, the problem is mE more complex: Since creativity is in, there is a very large range of creatives. From this position, the demanders then believe they can afford to push the prices.

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  14. stephan

    "The lie of the career factor intelligence" - or why Bollo has found a job

  15. Eveline3112

    Exciting thesis and so true :-) Tweetcount Widget

  16. Simone Janson

    Strangerli, this is an absolutely brilliant supplement! Thank you, that was really missing!
    PS: If anyone still finds that a point in the list is missing - only to!

  17. Strangerli

    Point 6 is still missing:

    6. Surround yourself with intelligent people

    With a good, experienced and intelligent troupe you do not need to worry anymore. It is important to get people on board, who can do with their intelligence the tasks that are given or delegated to them. These recognize the mistakes that one overlooks out of stupidity, discuss these with each other in the short term and correct them by themselves. Only in rare cases would they go back to the (stupid) supervisor, otherwise they could eventually be described as dependent. Thus behind the back of the boss or the stupid / n errors is eliminated, improved and possibly brought to a success. The stupid sees himself confirmed in his way of working and believes to do everything right.
    But beware: you should be careful not to recognize this independent work too much. Furthermore, it is important to surround yourself with enough followers who would like to smear honey around your mouth. This one can always tell that you have made all this achievement and achievements and not the intelligent. Thus, the name spreads with success.
    Of course, the intelligent must not be too intelligent, because otherwise they would make themselves independent and become a nasty competition. It is best to overload these people with work, so they do not get to think about their life situation too much and then you can make it look like they are too slow at work.

    "Decisions are made by people with time, not people with talent, because they have to deal with the problems people have been dealing with over time."

  18. Frank

    Yes, I also noticed that the fools often succeed.
    Maybe because they're just stupid.
    but it does not always have to be the case.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Frank,
      Of course this is not always so .. that was just deliberately expressed provocatively .. :-)

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  20. Simone Janson

    Hello Meike,
    thanks for the nice comment. First of all, I'm glad that certain blog posts (and specifically all of you mentioned) have not only scared me a bit :-)
    The article with the Swiss company I have to find again ... I'm actually not a friend of such "women-make-better-all-theses" because I also had very strange experiences with women and I do not think that women are not are also interested in power (sometimes it is even more stressful because it is much more indirect).
    However, my impression is that the goals of men and women are often different. Women are often more concerned with work-life balance, while men seem to have no trouble sitting in the office for 12 hours - probably because they are more focused on their work and willing to sacrifice more time for work , Apart from the fact that I do not believe that more presence also means more productivity basically - another topic ... :-)
    Occasionally, I also have the impression that sometimes work seems to become an end in itself ... Me in my opinion also on the enthusiasm for technical products and social media: I find some gagets also pretty cool - but always, because it also connects me with people and not because I think the thing is cool in itself.
    What does this have to do with the initial thesis? ME are two other factors that prevent female perspectives such as generalist thinking, professional and private life, etc. from prevailing in everyday working life .... And superficial career tips like "just keep playing with me" help in my short term.

  21. Meike Leopold

    Hello Simone, that intelligence alone is no guarantee for a steep career - I agree with you completely. If the necessary power is not joined, it does not matter much from a professional point of view. The problem in the snakeoil quotes you mentioned by me is exactly in the fact that he leaves open, whether he is meant ironically or not. On the blog, however, I was already talking about A and B people, if I remember correctly ... Overall, I would say that perhaps it is also about the question of how communication will look in the (future) knowledge society and which form of communication is the more profitable: the "female" or the "male" propagated on the said blog. Or a good mix of both. In the seminars of: http://www.sheboss.de/, for example, woman learns how vehement behavior, etc., works and works so that she can get through with predominantly male-shaped power structures. Perhaps, however, will there be seminars for men in the future, in which they will learn to communicate, more teamorienterter and I say once "free of rules"? I think there is a nice article in the current brandeins about a Swiss company, for business reasons (!) Almost only women still work ..

    Greetings, Meike

  22. Eva Zil

    Hello Mrs. Janson,

    I think your theses are right.
    However: Really smart people, who really want to bring something to them, recognize their inner career killer and work on it. This can be done with coach, trainings, behavioral therapies, etc.
    For this worker would continue to remain in this situation (unless he is happy with his professional life in this way), it would be a sign of stupidity.
    So: emotional intelligence is in demand!

    Best regards

  23. Simone Janson

    Dear Ms Zils,
    thank you for your comment. They are, of course, right in principle and that is what women, in particular, are always recommended to us in various advisers: to adapt their own behavior.
    However, with my somewhat striking title, I also wanted to encourage people to think about the fact that the situation will not change as a result of constant adjustment, and that Rick, as Rick said, is in danger of adapting too much.
    gruß
    Simone Janson

  24. Simone Janson

    Hello christina
    i am dacord with you as far as creative work is concerned. But, as you say correctly, it depends on the nature of the work. Not all work requires creativity, even if this is so. Also and not just in so-called creative professions.
    Sometimes it's just a matter of doing stupid, routine tasks - search engine optimization is a good example for a blog. And that's why companies need people who adapt to existing work routines without questioning every step of the way - this is also related to the (technical) complexity with which such things take place today: one can not just do something different even though it may seem better at first, because it involves lengthy changes. I notice that with such simple things as my blog :-)
    I can understand that you prefer to write to me privately, but then, unfortunately, because of time constraints, I can not help you. Sorry, just limited resources.
    Simone Janson

  25. Cristina

    Hello Mrs. Janson,

    this time I would like to thank you for your prompt and detailed response (also I would like to go to your offer in the end, but I would like to write you in this regard possibly, if possible, more private).

    You say yes, you would also have an employee who would make things as much as you would like, just to save time ... Your argument I can understand very well, but it is not rather that this would also depend on the nature of the activity? I find it frankly quite problematic (and also risky) to put on old-fashioned creativity or critical (self) reflexive thinking, on reproduction of one's own, unless you have no interest but as much as possible in the current state. Of course, such activities are always necessary and dependent on the area of ​​employment, which is why they can not be formulated in a general manner. I also find that many of the responsible persons are already working on the most efficient work where different personalities come together.
    By the way, I have the impression that it is not really about the dichotomy of stupidity / intelligence ... but rather about the right self-awareness as well as the willingness or ability to deal with itself, about its goals as well as limits, but also Principles and values ​​(you call it courage to go your own way and I see the same way) ... or the deficiency. Because rightly "stupid", those who can not use specific situations or abilities to their professional advantage can not be, or? ... my feeling is that the success already depends very much on the individual strategies with which each one for itself the best , whether through adaptation and compromise, or through good, convincing arguments and performance. Just as I said, depending on the activity profile and area, but also depend on the employer. And in relation to the honesty of the companies you are missing: I guess, the companies themselves are subject to specific requirements and it must be economic rationamente, which is why they propagate something different than they do (honesty to themselves will not always be the profits increase)
    My conclusion is that it may be a long time to find your own way, and then to go ... but it is definitely, for me at least, more promising

  26. humancaps altmann

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  27. Cristina

    Hello Mrs. Janson,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for this excellent article! You are talking about exactly what I was thinking about today, because I noticed that all my friends and acquaintances, those who, in my opinion, are highly intelligent, are "not so good at work", in the usual sense of the word I'm also thinking about too much and analyzing and reflecting so much that I seem to build myself hurdles in the talks ... because I just can not 1: 1 that (which apart from all the inconsistencies found in so different such "works"), I find that most of you ask for this adaptability, which you also mention ... so a kind of Marionette existence, as I find, I am missing somehow that just authenticity and reflexivity really not so high on cure (but it is my personal opinion); a friend of mine, on the other hand, did everything she could to find the one guide she was going through, and she got a job at the first interview. So much of me to the aspect "Hinterfragen", so I can only agree with you.

    On the other hand, it may also depend on the very personal understanding of success: it may be that intelligent people in a critical attitude just distance themselves from the conventional concept of success ... so that they place much more emphasis on the meaning of their employment, that In fact, they perform activities that personally fulfill them and are also well-aligned with their life goals ... even though they are not materially remunerated so well ... that is, working out of intrinsically motivated motivation, and not necessarily for status and attending status.

    But in principle, I agree with you ... even if a critic could also answer to the point 1 also that with a healthy dose self-esteem and self-confidence can be repressed even the self-criticism, which may hinder you on the success path ... I understand quite well, of what You talk here.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello christina
      thank you for your experience report and for the praise :-)
      With the adjustment was also my problem, and I had quite a job quickly thanks to prior experience in the study - it just just did not fit human.
      Therefore, I do not think much of bending in the interview, unless you keep it up in the long run ... I have made myself out of experience, but also not a panacea. You always have to think about what your own goal is and what kind of stress / compromise you are willing to accept. Adaptation is probably the easier way to go your own way requires courage, because you can actually and should not orientate on anyone else. Therefore, all the advice and donors that some people so incredibly like to give, should be understood only as a guide. Unfortunately, humans are happy to be a herd animal :-)
      As you say rightly, it depends on self-awareness. On the one hand, in order not to let themselves be beaten by failures and to continue until one has found the suitable employer (I know unfortunately also a few examples, which are more and more on the frustrieren Rummotzen, which is naturally contraproduktiv) and on the other hand around itself also for sale. Because with good arguments and corresponding experiences / achievements one can perhaps also score with something. As a career star, there is the real cracking point - besides the fact that it sometimes does not fit humanly.
      I have to confess, if I were looking for an employee now, I would also take someone who would make things as much as I do, to save time alone.

      What also annoys me is that companies, on the other hand, propagate creative, innovative minds - in practice, then often rely on tried and tested patterns, which is also related to the fact that no person would like to make a mistake ... precisely on the subject of fit and authenticity I've found here an honest post http://blog.recrutainment.de/ ...
      I would find a little more honesty to yourself and also to the applicants!

      A second problem, however, is what Rick mentioned above. Most of them arrange themselves somehow with the conditions, which may be the best solution for the individual. Only: Adjusting sometimes works faster than you think. And probably nothing will change.

      By the way: Christina, if you like, you can send me a report / profile including photo, link and job application for publication - as Mr. Lenz on beruf-suchen.de - maybe that brings something ...
      gruß
      Simone Janson

  28. Simone Janson

    Rick: Not a bad attitude. Think, to heed the last tip is the hardest ... the borders blur unfortunately fast :-)

  29. Rick

    Everyone knows of course a pipe that has a lot to say, that uses elbow effectively, can delegate well (very important!), (...), but actually just can count to 3.

    The question, "What are you doing here anyway?" Or "What's the nonsense?" Are certainly many, at least initially in a job.
    But since there is no reasonable answer or solution,
    it is better not to think about it anymore.
    Because pondering brings nothing and spoils the mood.

    Whoever has pondered too much has lost.
    What can go wrong with the project X, oh.
    This is different with the dumb-dreiste;
    if what goes wrong, the others have to blame,
    at least the predominant.
    (woe contradicts one)

    So a bit of a hole will help.
    The art is not to become a big one.

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  32. Simone Janson

    Frisch reblogged: The lie of the career factor intelligence: success from stupidity?

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