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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It seems likely that you share a lot of mutual friends with likable people, since by definition a lot of people like them, and so the reputation cost of letting you down will be a lot higher for them. You are commenting using your WordPress. This site uses cookies. I have a Free site Free Article Search. Who is tagging SNA? We’d work exclusively with people who are both. Once the “lovable stars” are all taken, we must then choose between the “competent jerks” and the “lovable fools.

People who don’t know what they’re doing and admit this. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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.

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They talk about some of the consequences of this, that you tend to have more homogeneous groups of people working together with less diversity of viewpoints, since people tend to like others who are similar to themselves. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Drawing from their study encompassing 10, work relationships in five organizations, the authors have classified work partners into four archetypes: 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.

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They also can create situations in which people are more apt to like one another, whatever their individual qualities. I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: An immediate response would be NO, but if we take a moment to consider the value a competent jerk or lovable fool could add to a team then our response would be YES.

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Just wanted to let you know that you bring up an interesting subject. I have a business home residential security system site.

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Notify me of new comments via email. New research shows that work partners tend to be chosen not for ability but for likability. You are commenting using your WordPress.

When faced with that hypothetical question, most people choose the competence of Alice over the likability of Brenda. I think it could perpetuate distorted conceptual models. 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.

You have a great blog by the way.

You prefer lovable fools to competent jerks

To get the most out of them, managers need to protect them and put them in positions that don’t waste their bridge-building talents. Photo by Cemetery Belle. There are also lots of other xompetent that contribute to the outcome of any collaboration.


Researchers have found that the real story is more complicated. I liked H M Ross’ comment on the additional personality types. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Using an emotion matrix as a measurement device rather than a model for a specific situation is kind of odd. Who is furling organizational SNA?

People who know what they’re talking about and are helpful without being pompous. You are commenting using your Twitter account. It pretty much covers business home residential security system related stuff.

Notify me of new comments via email. Hey, you have a great blog here! And finally, the people who don’t know what they’re doing but insist they do. Email required Address never made public.

When looking for help with a task at work, people turn to those best able to do the job. More interesting is that people prefer the lovable fool over the competent jerk. Thursday, July 07, Social networks of jerks and fools. Hello There, My name is Donald you have a great com;etent here! A member of my research team and I had a similar discussion a few weeks ago, but our breakdown was different.

By the way unlike some of the other comments I dont compdtent anything to sell, just thoughts on life in general. That has big implications for every organization, as both of these types often represent missed opportunities.

This is an interesting blog and just wanted to let you know. Based on the combinations of likableness and competence, they classify people into incompetent jerks, competent jerks, lovable fools and lovable stars.