“But, she’s such a smart woman, why did she make such a bad decision?”
When smart people make poor choices, it’s usually related to not having all of the facts and believing they’re the only one who can make the decision. Is it arrogance? Maybe.
A dynamic called the arrogance of intelligence may be at work.
Because the experience of smart people is that they’re usually right and they’ve trained us to look at them for the right answer, it naturally follows they assume their answers are correct.
If smart people are really smart, they’ll pay attention to their pattern of mistakes and ask themselves, “What assumptions did I make that were wrong? Who should I have talked to instead of making the decision on my own?” “What can I do different next time?”
They need to learn how to involve others in the decision-making process and for communicating the information with a team in order to verify that process and solution.
Basically, they need to learn to share.
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