Samir’s Selection 10/21/2014 (p.m.)
Why firms don’t want you to be brilliant at your job? >>>
The main thing that had struck him so far was that people seemed to get dimmer the higher they went in the organisation. I asked if he had any explanation for this and he said it was self-selection.
Really smart people don’t stay at the institutions they have fought so hard to get into. The best leave within two or three years – the slightly less good stay a bit longer, and only the also-rans and the terminally unimaginative are in for the long haul.
… the very cleverest now use top employers as a training ground and springboard…
Yet there are three other explanations for dwindling brilliance in big organisations…
1. There are more graduates competing for top jobs…
2. The second explanation is not that the mediocre stay, but that staying makes them mediocre.
3. The last reason is the one that troubles me most. It may not be true that the partners are miles dimmer than the graduates. It is just that the two can’t talk to each other, and so are blind to each other’s strengths.
Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong >>>
Hard to rise, and harder to fall: Poor college grads stay poor about as much as rich high school dropouts stay rich.
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