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How to manage smart people

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 03, 2004

How to manage smart people.

Reader comments

PaulFeb 03, 2004 at 5:37PM

Great story, thanks for linking to it so I could find it!
I’ve had an open management style for several years.
The drill sargent style wasn’t working for me and it was more stressful.

deniseFeb 04, 2004 at 2:39AM

the first time i managed a group they started calling me “coach” and not in a good way. excellent article. i’ve since developed a more open style and everyone is happier.

spygeekFeb 04, 2004 at 10:02AM

My boss could really use this article…unfortunately, the general atmosphere at my (large, corporate) employer smothers talent. No stars allowed! As a coworker likes to say, “the tallest nail gets pounded down first.”

ernieFeb 04, 2004 at 11:51AM

I’m not very smart but yet I feel these very same techniques would be received warmly by my similarly dim colleagues in my workgroup. Perhaps this knowlege is more universal than once thoughtted!

Dave LFeb 04, 2004 at 3:32PM

I would love to read an article about how to be managed by dumb people. And not something illustrated with Dibert.

rebeccaFeb 06, 2004 at 3:37PM

scott berkun completely kicks ass. he’s a smart guy and i’ve learned a great deal from him (and selfishly wished him to stay at ms). thanks for the link to the article, i don’t always keep up with my reading.

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