Organisations hire smart people, but then positively encourage them not to use their intelligence. Asking difficult questions or thinking in greater depth is seen as a dangerous waste. Talented employees quickly learn to use their significant intellectual gifts only in the most narrow and myopic ways.
It’s a sad indictment on where our organisations are now. This essay is full of unbelievable anecdotes and spot-on observations. I can’t wait to read more in the book—The Stupidity Paradox—which I’ve just ordered.