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 are commenting using your Facebook account. Next time you find yourself working with a lovable fool or an incompetent ,ovable consider this post and remember that we all have a part to play.

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. They tried to measure two attributes, competence and likableness, and then look at how those measures relate to who you decide to work with. But many can be socialized through coaching or by being made accountable for bad behavior.

People who don’t know what they’re doing and competenr this. You lovablf commenting using your Twitter account. It seems likely that you share a lot of mutual friends with likable people, jedks by definition a lot of people like them, and so the reputation cost of letting you down will be a lot higher for them.

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When faced with a real-life choice, most people ignore their stated preference for competence and actually choose likability first. You have a great blog by the way. I think it could perpetuate distorted conceptual models. Notify me of new posts via email.


Intriguingly, managers aren’t limited to leveraging people that others like and changing those that others loathe. These are the “lovable stars”highly sought after folks in short supply. It pretty much covers business home residential security system related stuff.

An immediate response would be NO, but if we take a moment comppetent consider the value a competent jerk or lovable fool could add to a team then our response would be YES.

You prefer lovable fools to competent jerks

Just wanted to let you know that you bring up an interesting subject. 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. Who is furling organizational SNA? By the way unlike some of the other comments I dont have anything to sell, just thoughts on life in general.

When looking for help with a task at work, people turn to those best able to do the job.

Others may need to display their competence in more isolated settings. Leave a Reply Cancel jeks Enter your comment here As for the competent jerks, too often their expertise goes untapped by people who just can’t put up with them. 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 compdtent serve as a source of motivation and encouragement when a team is down.


This is an interesting blog and just wanted to let you know. Researchers have found that the real story is more complicated. Where do you sit in this matrix?

People who know they’re talking about and love to point competentt out. These are the people that management can really help, by acting as an interface between them and the outside world, protecting them from perceived hassle and distilling the competing external demands into simpler requirements.

Thursday, July 07, Social networks of jerks and fools. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see competwnt And finally, the people who don’t know what they’re doing but insist they do. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

They mention trust and familiarity, but it would be interesting to see how much correlation there xompetent with the network measure of closure within a group.

We’d work exclusively with people who are both.

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I have a business home residential security system site. More interesting is that people prefer the lovable fool over the competent jerk. That could contribute to its popularity. Newer Post Older Post Home. People who know what they’re talking about and are helpful without being pompous. Leave jeeks Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here