Are You the Smartest Person in the Room? Let's Hope Not.

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This article touches on on how one can benefit from hiring persons who are smarter than oneself. Surrounding oneself with smart persons does have a rub-off effect as the brain can get activated and positively energized. Of course (i) smarter in one aspect does not mean smarter in all aspects and (ii) you have to consciously build yourself to understand that being more or less smart does not make you any more or less as a person ( To quote from a favourite poem.. do not compare yourself with others as there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself)

January 23, 2014

By Jack and Suzy Welch

The best thing that can happen to you as a boss is hiring a person who is smarter, more creative, or in some way more talented than you are. It’s like winning the lottery. Suddenly you’ve got a team member whose talent will very likely improve everyone’s performance and reputation. Including yours.

Yes, it’s human nature to feel fearful that a “superior” employee could make you look, well, inferior, and perhaps slow down your career progress. But in reality, the exact opposite usually occurs.

The reason is that leaders are generally not judged on their personal output. What would be the point of evaluating them like individual contributors? Rather, most leaders are judged on how well they’ve hired, coached, and .....

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