The Unbearable Banishment: I Judge

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Judge

I did some design work for a Vice President at Benevolent Dictators, Inc. I like her enough and she’s pleasant, but I never really took her seriously. She seems a bit mousy and even though she’s in sales, she doesn't talk a good game (which is a necessary tool of the trade). I work in an open-architecture environment and I overhear her cold calls. She lacks confidence. I’ve never heard her take command of a conversation. She appears to be of average intelligence.

Yesterday, I stumbled across her bio. She has a B.A. in molecular engineering from MIT. You’d never know! When am I going to stop judging people without first checking under the hood? How many times do I need to be taught that lesson? What a dolt, I be.

4 Comments:

Blogger sid said...

It is my opinion that all though some people many do well academically, at the practical stuff they just suck.

August 20, 2008 at 8:58 AM  
OpenID popomaticjeff said...

I've met a lot of people with too many book smarts and little street smarts or people skills.

August 20, 2008 at 9:46 AM  
Anonymous JustinS said...

That happens to me in my company all the time. I end up traveling to a field office in the middle of the sticks to do some work, places that are filled with dudes in dirty, unkept clothes, 99% of whom look like they'd have a pretty good shot at winning the Uncle Jesse lookalike contest at the county fair. Between the overall look and manner of speaking, I assume they're bumpkins.

Then I look on their walls and see their master of science degrees and realize that, just like momma always said, I'm an asshole.

August 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM  
OpenID daisyfae said...

sales and communication skills are often scarce amongst the scientifically gifted... she may be great in one-on-one discussions with those folks who need their sales rep to have technical 'street cred'...

August 21, 2008 at 7:14 AM  

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