Intelligence is NOT the same as Wisdom.

8 05 2014

“There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.” ~Don Herold

My baby sister used to laugh at me when I did bone-head stuff, and say “how can somebody so smart have so little common sense?!?!”  She did it when I put the grill together with the writing on the cover plate (burner temperatures, name, logo) facing the INSIDE of the grill, as well as many other times, when I just had a bone-head moment.  For the record, I followed the directions EXACTLY, but they were printed overseas.   While it’s funny to laugh about it now, at the time I was, like Homer Simpson, saying “DO-OOOH!”

It’s easy as a leader to think that you know all of the answers – or more of the answers than those on your team.  You might think that it’s your role to tell people how to do it “your way”.  And, most employees will just say “OK, whatever you say, boss”.  At that point, you ARE being a boss, not a leader.  It can be difficult to swallow your hubris, and say “here’s this problem, what do you think?”, and listen.  Let those with more sense (or front-line experience) than you use that wisdom to the benefit of the company.

Speaking of Irritating…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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