Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I was flipping through a Human Resources/Recruitment Powerpoint slide presentation last week and the “I’m trapped in a Dilbert cartoon” feeling really reached its highest point with the recommendation that a manager should also try “Radiating Positive Energy”.

Really, they write themselves those comics.

Anyway, some classics included these:

'Examples of Competencies

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Brainpower'

Manager to other manager: What is your competency?

Other Manager: BrAInPoWER!!! BRAINPOWER!!!! URGH!!

Manager: How about Having An Extensive Vocabulary?

Other Manager: Nah. Just BRAINPOWER!!!!

Under the subject of ‘Interpersonal Skills’ was a sub-topic of ‘Building Relationships.’

  • Become genuinely interested in other people
  • Call people by their names
  • Talk in terms of the other person’s interest
  • Smile
  • Listen

...AKA Faking Sincerity.

Did you know that “Emotional Intelligence accounts for up to 45% of one’s job success, while one’s IQ is said to account for less than 6%”?

No, I am not making this up – BUT I THINK THEY DID!

So, by maths, you can see that actually being skilled only accounts for a maximum of 49% of one’s job success.

Hmm, how about leaving me alone for the half a day each day that requires me to demonstrate Emotional Intelligence so that I only have to work 3 days a week?


anti ob said...

49% Faking Sincerity
6% Competency
0.9% Maths Ability So I Trust Your Statistics About Immeasureable Values Why Again?

Liam said...

Call people by their names
As opposed to someone else's name WTF?

harry said...

"So I Trust Your Statistics About Immeasureable Values Why Again?"

# Yes. How did they test for that value of 46% EQ? How do you measure it versus, say, not being a clueless douchebag? Does having a polite phone manner count as EQ or as basic common sense? etc etc

"As opposed to someone else's name WTF?"
# As opposed to "You", "New Guy" or "Sorry, I forgot your name for the millionth time"