(This is Part 6 in The Liberating Leader at Work series. Read Part 5 here.)
My son reports about a new hire at the place he works. They thought he’d be a good addition, but the early reports aren’t so sure.
The New Guy, The Know-It-All
The new guy has the right pedigree; he’s got the diploma and the other attendant skills which fill up the resume. But speaking of “fill up”, the report is that the new guy is “full up”–full of himself. And everyone else knows it, sees it, and talks about it behind his back. The guy is a know-it-all, and he’s undermining his influence without even knowing it. Let’s call him Joe. Apparently every time Joe is told anything his trigger response is “I know”.
So people talk about him tongue-in-cheek: “No problem. We have an expert around here who knows everything.” “That shouldn’t be difficult for Joe because he already knows.” He’s a caricature of insecurity. [Read more…]