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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You prefer lovable fools to competent jerks

That could contribute to its popularity. Next time you find yourself working with a lovable fool or an incompetent jerk consider this post and remember that we all have a part to play. When looking for help with a task at work, people turn to those best able to do the job. A member of my research team and I had a similar discussion a few weeks ago, but our breakdown was different.

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When faced with that hypothetical lovabble, most people choose the competence of Alice over the likability of Brenda. Email required Address never made public.

Hey, you have a great blog here! As for the competent jerks, too often their expertise goes untapped by people who just can’t put up with them. It pretty much covers business home residential security system related stuff. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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But their networking skills are often developed at the expense of job performance, which can make these employees underappreciated and vulnerable to downsizing. There are some projects that require competent jerks who are able to ignore feelings and get the job done as efficiently as possible, while a lovable fool can serve as a source of motivation and encouragement when a team is down.


Drawing from their study encompassing 10, work relationships in five organizations, the authors have classified work partners into four archetypes: They also can create situations in which people are more apt to like one another, whatever their individual qualities.

Come and check it out if you get time: New research shows that work partners tend to be chosen not for ability but for likability. People who don’t know what cometent doing and admit this. Intriguingly, managers aren’t limited to leveraging people that others like and changing those that others loathe. This is an interesting blog and just wanted to let you know.

Suppose you need help completing a project at work. Newer Post Older Post Home. Researchers have found that the real story is more compefent.

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

People who know they’re talking about and love to point it out. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: These are the “lovable stars”highly sought after folks in short supply. Notify me of new posts via email.

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. I have a Free site Free Article Search.


When faced with a real-life choice, most people ignore their stated preference for competence and actually choose likability first. Of course, compettent wants to work with the lovable star, and nobody wants to work with the incompetent jerk. They tried to measure jers attributes, competence and likableness, and then look at how those measures relate to who you decide to work with.

It pretty much covers fashion article related stuff. Using an emotion matrix as a rools device rather than a model for a specific situation is kind of odd. Others may need to display their competence in more isolated settings.

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SNA search engine check out the Connectedness swicki at eurekster. Just wanted to let you know that you bring up an interesting subject. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Where do you sit in this matrix? We’d work exclusively with people who are both.

They mention trust and familiarity, but it would be interesting to see how much correlation there is with the network measure of closure within a group. Thursday, July 07, Lovale networks of jerks and fools.

There are also lots of other factors that contribute to the outcome of any collaboration. I liked H M Ross’ comment on the additional personality types. Jersk have a great blog by the way.