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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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Notify me of new posts via email. By continuing to use jeerks website, you agree to their use. Love what you have to say! A member of my research team and I had a similar discussion a few weeks ago, but our breakdown was different.

Of course, everybody wants to work with the lovable star, and nobody wants to work with the incompetent jerk.

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Ideally, of course, we wouldn’t have to choose between competence and likability. As for the competent jerks, too often their expertise goes untapped by people who just can’t put up with them. You are commenting using your WordPress.

They also can create situations in which people are more apt to like one another, whatever their individual qualities. And finally, the people who don’t know what they’re doing but insist they lovablle.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. But many can be socialized through coaching or by being made accountable for bad behavior. 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.


There are some projects that require competent jerks foo,s 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. 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.

Drawing from their study encompassing 10, work relationships in five organizations, the authors have classified work partners into four archetypes: That could contribute to its popularity. Others may need to display their competence in more isolated settings.


People who know what they’re talking about and are helpful without being pompous. Is there a place for each type of person on a team?

I liked H M Ross’ comment on the additional personality types. It seems likely that you share a lot of mutual friends with likable people, since by definition a lot of jsrks like them, and so the reputation cost of letting you down will be a lot higher for them.

Competent jerks, lovable fools, and the formation of social networks.

You are commenting using your WordPress. There are also lots of other factors that contribute to the outcome of any collaboration. Email required Address never made public.

Helping people link to results. Notify me of new comments via email. Who is furling organizational SNA? You can ask Alice, who is professionally expert but personally prickly; or you can ask Brenda, who is very likable but doesn’t know much that can help you.