You know the old saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” that is the key to success. Well, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have recently published findings in Science magazine that confirm this old adage. In school we always wanted the “brainy” kid to be our lab partner right? In the job world, we always seek to engage the smartest/most experienced people to work on our project team. The thinking being that having the smartest people in our work groups would ensure a good grade or superior job performance. But it seems that intelligence is not the essential ingredient to success in the group format. Rather, it is social sensitivity – the ability to pick up on emotional clues from others – that makes for the most effective groups. Read a good synopsis of the findings of this fascinating study that was published here in Wired magazine. Remember it when your employer asks you to team up with others to handle a task or project.
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