If I Were Running A Company…The Smartest Guy In The Room

There was an article by Ben Yagoda on the word, “smart.” Yagoda discusses the origins of the word and how it is used today. Yagoda sees people using the word with regularity, which is not bad, but he has a precaution:

Being smart is fine, but being the “smartest guy(s) in the room” will drive a wedge to your circles.

Yagoda cites Enron, Michael Dukakis, John Deutch, and Newt Gingrich as people perceived to be the “The Smartest Guys In The Room.” Basically, they have inflated egos and want full control and attention.

At your workplace, it is alright to have labels like “hard worker,” “the creative one,” “the bad cop,” and others.

However, you don’t want to be a label that drives people away.

In essence, be smart on your subject and duties; and be smart to check your ego at the door. Do not be the person with a big head. It will be bad at your workplace…and fitting to doors.

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