About two months into the new job, and getting to know my colleagues, tasks, managers and obligations.
One thing I’ve had presented to me in this role is senior managers and executives who are capable in one area, or one competency, but incompetent in everything else. It’s quite confronting to have to sit in meetings with these people and spend considerable amounts of time taking them back to first principles, and asking basic questions, in order to get them to understand essentials and prevent them from asking me to do dumb things and from misunderstanding circumstances.
Obviously, they must be competent in one area, and to achieve competence at a level that allows promotion to executive office requires above-average intelligence. But that intelligence doesn’t appear to be easily transferable to other activities.
I’d known this in my head that this was how intelligence and competence works. But to actually see it in front of me, and to have to grapple with it and its adverse consequences, that’s a whole other, and very trying, thing.