August 9, 2015

100 Words -- This Explains A Lot

I recently read about the Dunning-Kruger Effect, named after two Cornell University researchers. Their theory posits that for a given skill, incompetent people will: fail to recognize their own lack of skill; fail to recognize genuine skill in others; fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy; recognize and acknowledge their own lack of skill after they are exposed to training for that skill. If you pair this with the Peter Principle -- employees rise to their level of incompetence -- well, I’d say you’re getting close to a theory of everything that is dysfunctional, and not just in Washington.



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