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Bosses may be an overbearing breed, but more often than not, you've got to admire their business chops. Wouldn't you love to have that same sense of competence and confidence, that ability to assess tough problems and reach smart solutions on the fly? Guess what? So would they. If you have ever suspected that your boss isn't actually good enough at what he or she does to deserve the job in the first place, a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that you might be right.
"Dominant individuals behaved in ways that made them appear competent," the researchers write, "above and beyond their actual competence." Troublingly, group members seemed only too willing to follow these underqualified bosses. An overwhelming 94% of the time, the teams used the first answer anyone shouted out — often giving only perfunctory consideration to others that were offered.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
From a recent article in Time magazine;
Not only that people who are incompetent dont seem to be aware of it, and offer opinions about things they know nothing about, but also that the average person doesnt seem to be able to tell the difference between bravado and competence.
Originally posted by j2000
Wow, maybe it's me and I don't even know it.
Originally posted by Mr Headshot
I've had so many experiences where dude in charge will be like "let's do it this way" and I (or anyone else) will be like, "well this way would be better and easier" but first dude always gets it done his way.
It's terribly annoying, but true.
Originally posted by Ahabstar
And like most interviews, the question of what my college degree was. When I answered that I had no degree, you could see the interviewer mentally turn some pages and rush through their benefit packages to end the interview.
Around 1900 there was a concerted effort on the part of physicians in the U.S. to restrict the supply of doctors; as they termed it, "To practice professional birth control." First campaigns were conducted in every state to require doctors to pass an examination in order to practice medicine in that state. That was easy for everyone to accept as reasonable. However it is one thing for the government to create a program of certification and yet another thing to create licensing. Certification provides consumers with information whereas licensing is always a vehicle for restricting supply. In the case of physicians it was then specified that in order to take the examination a candidate had to be a graduate of an accredited medical school. Somehow that deviated from the goal of requiring competency for medical practioners. But most would accept that as probably basically wise. Then came the clencher. Who was to be the accrediting agency for the the medical schools. The task was given to a committee of the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA is basically the union for doctors, or perhaps more accurately the guild for the doctors.