Boring

Thanks to all the friends who emailed me this New York Times article. I am not sure what they are trying to tell me but 🙂 but according to the latest research “[…] warm, flexible, team-oriented and empathetic people are less likely to thrive as C.E.O.’s. Organized, dogged, anal-retentive and slightly boring people are more likely to thrive.” Slightly boring? Really?

(c) Photo by Manuel Bordallo

2 comments

  1. Estelle

    Your friends missed this article
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/leadership/2009/05/empathy_not_such_a_soft_skill.html?wprss=leadership

    which mentions the NY Times article and negates its findings

    “…Last week, David Brooks argued in the New York Times that successful CEOs are “organized, dogged, anal-retentive and slightly boring” instead of “warm, flexible, team-oriented and empathetic.” It’s not at all clear to me why he considers these mutually exclusive. And I’d argue that at all levels of management empathy is a critical skill. If you can imagine a person’s point of view — no matter what you think of it — you can more effectively influence him. Empathizing with your team, your boss, your coworkers, and your colleagues won’t make you a pushover — it’ll give you more power….”

  2. Leila Boujnane

    Well, thank God! Because I was starting to get worried. I mean I can do organized, anal-retentive and dogged but boring? No! Thanks for the link. I know what I will be sending back to anyone who send me the boring link 🙂

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