Well, this is good news. For those of you who don’t feel like reading the article, the Harvard Business Review presents the idea that coworkers/employees can be chosen for likability over competence. I don’t know how competent I am, but I can be likable, and now I know that counts for something!
My goal is to be likable AND competent – that’s a winning combination that isn’t touched on here. It’s presenting the either/or scenario. Maybe the key is for the Competents to be less bossy or arrogant or angry or whatever negative trait they present. Or for the goobers like myself to be a tad more serious and focused and slide the competency level up a bit. My personal issue is short attention span and many interests. I am curious about so many things and there’s only so much time to peek into all of them. I know about a lot of different things but am an expert at none.
Of course, this new revelation should not be misunderstood – of course not all competent people are difficult to work with or unliked or any such thing. I just thought it was interesting that there’s a place in the dynamic for all of us. 🙂