Brilliant Jerks in Engineering


62 bookmarks. First posted by lesbaker november 2017.


There's also the "No Asshole Rule", popularized by a bestselling book of this title, which provides the following test:

1. After encountering the person, do people feel oppressed, humiliated or otherwise worse about themselves?
2. Does the person target people who are less powerful than him/her?
Here's a test for you or your company: Would you tolerate a brilliant engineer who is also an asshole? (Or the more company-polite version: would you tolerate a brilliant jerk?)
7 weeks ago by some_hren
Here's a test for you or your company: Would you tolerate a brilliant engineer who is also an asshole? (Or the more company-polite version: would you tolerate a brilliant jerk?)
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11 weeks ago by micktwomey
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december 2017 by jeffbyrnes
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december 2017 by coty
I know a lot of managers in the technology field who would repeat the conclusion in this article.

> Early on in my career, I supported brilliant jerks of any type and thought they were worth it. I was wrong.

I did that too. Always have to think about the team impact.
november 2017 by thingles
RT : In which comprehensively explains why you shouldn't hire brilliant jerks
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november 2017 by adamamyl
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november 2017 by rjw1
Notice board at Ericsson, Stockholm (pic by DeirdreS ) Many of us have worked with them: the engineering jerk who is brilliant at what they do, but treats…
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november 2017 by bkeetman
Here's a test for you or your company: Would you tolerate a brilliant engineer who is also an asshole?
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november 2017 by grahammitchell
Notice board at Ericsson, Stockholm (pic by DeirdreS ) Many of us have worked with them: the engineering jerk who is brilliant at what they do, but treats…
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november 2017 by aburgel
A week later, his manager phoned me unexpectedly. He told me that he was aware of my phone call, and didn't think I was technically wrong, but did I know that the engineer has been demotivated and unproductive since I talked to him, and was it my intent to make his staff unproductive? No, of course not. The manager continued: do you think you could have told my engineer what you needed to, in a way that left them feeling positive and motivated to fix it? Sure, I probably can. Good. Always do that in the future, please. I did.
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november 2017 by jhealy
(This may well be the canonical write-up about the “no jerks” philosophy.)
"It may help to clarify that "brilliant jerk" can mean different things to different people. To illustrate, I'll describe two types of brilliant jerks: the selfless and the selfish, and their behavior in detail. I'll then describe the damage caused by these jerks, and ways to deal with them."
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november 2017 by handcoding
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november 2017 by rtanglao
Notice board at Ericsson, Stockholm (pic by DeirdreS ) Many of us have worked with them: the engineering jerk who is brilliant at what they do, but treats…
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november 2017 by badboy
Notice board at Ericsson, Stockholm (pic by DeirdreS ) Many of us have worked with them: the engineering jerk who is brilliant at what they do, but treats…
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november 2017 by duellj
Good post on toxic people in organizations
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november 2017 by dgibbons
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november 2017 by joseph

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