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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Warmth, Competence, Respect, and Geeks

Every day, we judge everyone around us based on their warmth and competence. Reading this article reminded me that while an impression of competence is easy enough to maintain via actions, I can tune how warm I appear to others, and should definitely be aware of that in meetings with new colleagues and clients. My life will be far easier in the long run if I'm perceived as both competent AND warm.

That dovetails nicely with this ComputerWorld article about managing geeks. If you get the geeks to respect you, anything is possible, but without a manager that exudes competence and warmth (and especially competence), you can't get respect, and then things fall apart.

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