The Need To Show How Smart We Are

To continue with my insights on the book by Marshall
Goldsmith, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” this
week I will be discussing the habit of: the need to tell
everyone how smart we are.

When I do supervisory training, the first warning I give
to supervisors, especially newly promoted supervisors, is
NEVER try to show your employees how smart you are.  This
is particularly difficult for newly promoted supervisors
because they often feel that they have something to prove
in their new role.

HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: When managing people, always lead
with questions and always let your employees show you how
smart they are.  In truth, your employees want to impress
you with their knowledge.  So let them and they will find
their work more satisfying.

Remember, nobody likes a know-it-all!

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