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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Notify me of new comments via email. Drawing from their study encompassing 10, work relationships in five organizations, the authors have classified work partners into four archetypes: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Email required Address never made public. When looking for comperent with a task at work, people turn to those best able to do the job. The surprising part is that whilst most people claim to prefer competent jerks to lovable fools as work partners, in practice they choose people they like regardless of their competence.

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

Once the “lovable stars” are all taken, we must then choose between the “competent jerks” and the “lovable fools. Notify competennt of new posts via email. But many can be socialized through coaching or by being made accountable for bad behavior. Ideally, of course, we wouldn’t have to choose between competence and likability.

This site uses cookies. It pretty much covers business home residential security system related stuff. Next time you find yourself working with a lovable fool or an incompetent jerk consider this post and remember that we all have lovabble part to play. SNA search engine check out the Connectedness swicki at eurekster.


Researchers have found that the real story is more complicated. Of course, everybody wants to work with the lovable star, and nobody wants to work with the incompetent jerk. Hello There, My name is Donald you have a great blog here! There are some projects that require competent jerks who are able to ignore feelings and get the job done as efficiently as possible, while fkols lovable fool can serve as a source of motivation and encouragement foils a team is down.

More interesting is that people prefer the lovable fool over the competent jerk. Newer Post Older Jrrks Home. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: People who know they’re talking about and love to point it out. I’m definitely going to bookmark you! People who know what they’re talking about and are helpful without being pompous. Did you choose similarly? I liked H M Ross’ comment on jerls additional personality types.

I have a business home residential security system site. That has big implications for every organization, as both of these types often represent missed opportunities. Is there a place for each type of person on a compftent Just wanted to let you know that you bring up an interesting subject.

Thursday, July 07, Social networks of jerks and fools.

Love what you have to say! I think it could perpetuate distorted conceptual models. They mention trust and familiarity, but it would be interesting to see how much correlation there is with the jrrks measure of closure within a group.

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You can ask Alice, who is professionally expert but personally prickly; or you can ask Brenda, who is very likable but doesn’t know much that can help you. You are commenting using your Facebook account. When faced with that hypothetical question, most people choose the competence of Alice over the likability of Brenda. They also informally talk about the mechanism that drives people to prefer likable fools over more competent but grating alternatives.

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You prefer lovable fools to competent jerks

By the way unlike some of the other comments I dont have anything to sell, just thoughts on life in general. Who is furling comletent SNA?

New research shows that work partners tend to be chosen not for ability but for likability. They also can create situations in which people are more apt to like one another, whatever their individual qualities. When faced with a real-life choice, most people ignore their stated preference for competence and actually choose likability first. Photo by Cemetery Belle. Based on the combinations of likableness and comoetent, they classify people into incompetent jerks, competent jerks, lovable fools and lovable stars.

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